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UAE leader in importing talent


Seventy five per cent of prospective employees comes from outside of the Middle East, reveals LinkedIn report

June 5, 2014 2:37 by

The UAE is the top destination for employment opportunities for immigrants, according to a LinkedIn migration study, which was published yesterday (Wednesday, June 3).

This, however, comes as no surprise, as the country is made up of a large number of expatriates from across the world. Tracking the migration patterns of LinkedIn users, it also points out that the UAE added an additional 1.3 per cent to its total workforce in a 12-month period.

According to the report, of the talents that migrated to the UAE, 75 per cent came from outside of the Middle East region. Additionally, 40 per cent was awarded with a new role or promotion. Other preferred countries for migration are Canada, Brazil, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.

The report also highlights countries that generate the most number of talents prior to migration, which are India, the UK, Pakistan, the US and Saudi Arabia. Moreover, top sectors that attract the highest number of prospective employees are management and leadership, engineering, sales, accounting and lifestyle.

Ali Matar, head of talent solutions at LinkedIn MENA, says: “The latest study shows that two Middle Eastern nations, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have gained talent at 1.3 per cent and 0.9 per cent, respectively. Talent inflows are from Europe, the US, the Indian Subcontinent and other Arab nations, showing that Gulf states still retain their attractiveness for employment.”


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