Health­care work­ers in de­mand in UAE

The Pak Banker - - 6BUSINESS -

The de­mand for health­care ex­perts in the UAE is on the rise, as the coun­try steadily pro­motes it­self as a hub for med­i­cal tourism in the re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to Mon­ster.com's lat­est em­ploy­ment in­dex the e-de­mand for jobs in the health­care in­dus­try in­creased over 76 per cent year to date, while the de­mand for health­care pro­fes­sion­als in the UAE also ex­hib­ited an im­pres­sive growth of 66 per cent year to date.

"As the re­gion con­tin­ues to look for bet­ter tal­ent in this in­dus­try, pro­fes­sion­als with the right mix of ex­per­tise and skills are highly sought-af­ter," said San­jay Modi, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Mon­ster.com for the In­dia, Middle East, South East Asia and Hong Kong re­gions. Ac­cord­ing to Alpen Cap­i­tal, the UAE health­care mar­ket is pro­jected to reach $19.5 bil­lion by 2020, achiev­ing an an­nual av­er­age growth of 12.7 per cent, marginally higher than the GCC growth av­er­age.

"The Dubai Health­care Au­thor­ity has in re­cent years been pro­mot­ing the emi­rate as a med­i­cal tourism hub, and I ex­pect more in­vest­ment in this in­dus­try to fur­ther stim­u­late the job mar­ket. In 2015, around 150,000 med­i­cal tourists used 1,400 of the emi­rate's 2,900 health­care fa­cil­i­ties, com­ing from with the UAE, the GCC, Asia and Europe. The DHA ex­pects this statis­tic to in­crease to 170,000 med­i­cal tourists in 2016, with rev­enues of about $300 mil­lion," noted Modi.

Mon­ster.com's in­dex found that the UAE and Kuwait are the only GCC coun­tries not wit­ness­ing a de­cline in job de­mand, with a re­spec­tive growth in Fe­bru­ary 2016 of 45 per cent and 21 per cent year to date. While the health­care sec­tor recorded the most no­table growth in on­line de­mand, the cus­tomer ser­vice sec­tor fol­lowed closely ex­hibit­ing a 35 per cent growth, year-on-year.

In ad­di­tion, soft­ware, hard­ware, and tele­com con­tinue to chart ro­bust growth in de­mand, but at an eased-up pace. The long-term rate of growth mod­er­ated from 46 per cent in Jan­uary to 28 per cent in Fe­bru­ary 2016. On­line de­mand for HR & ad­min, on the other hand, was recorded as be­ing down by six per­cent; while sales and BD was also down five per cent. The hos­pi­tal­ity and travel seg­ment, down 32 per cent, again recorded the most no­table an­nual de­cline in de­mand.

The in­dex also found that on­line re­cruit­ment ac­tiv­ity in pro­duc­tion/man­u­fac­tur­ing, au­to­mo­tive and an­cil­lary was up six per cent, and ap­peared to have re­bounded as the sec­tor reg­is­tered the se­cond suc­ces­sive year-on-year growth. At the same time, the re­lated oil and gas sec­tor was down 11 per cent and con­tin­ued to ex­hibit neg­a­tive growth on the year, but at a vis­i­bly con­trolled pace vis-à-vis Q3 and Q4 of 2015. Sim­i­larly, the BFSI and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor recorded fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties on the year yet again.

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