UAE is top ex­pat des­ti­na­tion in the world: study

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

There is no other coun­try in the world that at­tracts more work­ing ex­pa­tri­ates than the UAE, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

The latest ca­reers web­site LinkedIn study, which cov­ers more than 380 mil­lion mem­bers around the world, shows that the UAE re­mains the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for pro­fes­sion­als seek­ing greener pas­tures abroad, beat­ing other job mar­kets like Canada, Aus­tralia and Sin­ga­pore.

LinkedIn came up with the find­ings af­ter look­ing at ev­ery po­si­tion that was added to its mem­ber pro­files be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2014 and De­cem­ber 31, 2014. Based on LinkedIn's list, the UAE saw the big­gest en­try of pro­fes­sion­als dur­ing the re­view pe­riod, post­ing a mem­ber­ship gain of 1.89 per cent.

In con­trast, coun­tries like In­dia, France and Italy are los­ing the most tal­ent as pro­fes­sion­als are mov­ing away in pur­suit of bet­ter ca­reers. Most pro­fes­sion­als who moved into the UAE landed roles in pro­fes­sional ser­vices, ar­chi­tec­tural and en­gi­neer­ing, fi­nan­cial ser­vices and in­sur­ance, tech­nol­ogy (soft­ware) and re­tail and con­sumer prod­ucts sec­tors. They were hired mostly as sales­peo­ple, mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ists, pro­ject man­agers, cor­po­rate fi­nance spe­cial­ists, ac­coun­tants, con­sul­tants and me­chan­i­cal engi­neers.

"This is the sec­ond year that the UAE has been re­vealed as the most at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for pro­fes­sion­als," said Ali Matar, head of tal­ent so­lu­tions, LinkedIn Mid­dle East and North Africa (Mena). The pro­fes­sional net­work­ing site has more than 16 mil­lion mem­bers in Mena alone and more than 2 mil­lion mem­bers in the UAE.

In­dia re­mains the num­ber one source coun­try for pro­fes­sion­als in the UAE, but in­flows from other places like United King­dom, United States and Qatar are on the rise. "The UAE's at­trac­tive­ness as an em­ploy­ment mar­ket is no longer lim­ited to the tra­di­tional sources of tal­ent, which for years have been In­dia, Pak­istan and other Arab states," said Matar. "This con­firms the coun­try's sta­tus as a strong econ­omy and an ap­peal­ing work­ing en­vi­ron­ment that is highly ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing on a global scale."

A sep­a­rate re­search by health ben­e­fits provider Aetna In­ter­na­tional showed that Dubai is at­tract­ing a grow­ing in­ter­est from Amer­i­cans alone, and the emi­rate has re­cently over­taken Lon­don as the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for US cit­i­zens look­ing for jobs abroad. Caro­line Pain, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Aetna In­ter­na­tional, said peo­ple look­ing for jobs abroad are at­tracted by the safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment, as well as the em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­ter­na­tional lifestyle that Dubai, or the UAE, of­fers.

"Thirty years ago, Dubai had to work hard to at­tract skills and ex­per­tise. To­day, through in­cred­i­ble lead­er­ship and vi­sion, Dubai is like no other place in the world, and is seen by many over­seas job­seek­ers as of­fer­ing great op­por­tu­nity to de­velop ca­reers in a range of sec­tors," Pain told Gulf News.

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