Pak­ista­nis, In­di­ans among top pro­fes­sional mi­grants to UAE

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

The UAE, which is home to more than 200 na­tion­al­i­ties, is ex­pa­tri­ate­friendly coun­try, of­fer­ing al­most ev­ery­thing needed, which is the rea­son it ranked top for at­tract­ing pro­fes­sion­als for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, a LinkedIn study re­vealed. In a latest tweet, His High­ness Shaikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: "The UAE at­tracts great minds be­cause they value op­por­tu­nity, qual­ity of life, trans­parency, good gov­er­nance and sus­tain­able growth. Wise na­tions con­sider the in­no­va­tions of the hu­man mind to be price­less."

In­di­ans emerged as the lead­ing pro­fes­sional mi­grants to the UAE. Around 2.6 mil­lion In­di­ans live in the UAE and out of that a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of pro­fes­sion­als work at key po­si­tions in bank­ing, real es­tate, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, media and re­tail sec­tors among oth­ers. The global study by LinkedIn said: "By analysing ev­ery new po­si­tion that was added to mem­ber pro­files be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2014, and De­cem­ber 31, 2014, LinkedIn de­ter­mined that the UAE at­tracts the most tal­ent, gain­ing 1.89 per cent as a per­cent­age of its to­tal work­force."

"This is the sec­ond year that the UAE has been re­vealed as the most at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for pro­fes­sion­als. LinkedIn has more than 380 mil­lion mem­bers from around the world, in­clud­ing more than 16 mil­lion in the Mid­dle East and North Africa re­gion, and more than two mil­lion mem­bers in the UAE, which en­ables us to de­ter­mine trends amongst the globe's con­nected pro­fes­sion­als," said Ali Matar, head of tal­ent so­lu­tions at LinkedIn Mid­dle East and North Africa.

Ac­cord­ing to the study, In­dia is the lead­ing source of pro­fes­sional tal­ent com­ing to the UAE rep­re­sent­ing 28 per cent, with the United King­dom, Pak­istan, United States and Qatar mak­ing up the top five. Other Gulf na­tions con­trib­uted a com­bined 11 per cent of mem­bers who moved to the UAE. The top sec­tors for tal­ent mov­ing into the UAE in 2014 were pro­fes­sional ser­vices, ar­chi­tec­tural and en­gi­neer­ing, fi­nan­cial ser­vices and in­sur­ance, tech­nol­ogy (soft­ware), and re­tail and con­sumer prod­ucts, while the most com­mon oc­cu­pa­tions were sales­peo­ple, mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ists, pro­ject man­agers, cor­po­rate fi­nance spe­cial­ists, ac­coun­tants, con­sul­tants and me­chan­i­cal engi­neers.

"It is es­pe­cially in­ter­est­ing that the re­sults of this study show that 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.

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