83% of UAE finance firms plan to hire in next 3 months


According to a report in ArabianBusiness.com more than 80 percent of UAE finance executives will be recruiting in both the first quarter and first half of 2013, according to specialist financial recruiter Robert Half UAE.

Based on a survey of 75 chief financial officer and finance directors, first quarter hiring prospects will find 31 percent expanding their departments.

Another 52 percent said they will be maintaining levels by filling roles that have been vacated while only 12 percent of companies will be undergoing a hiring freeze in the first quarter and five percent will reduce headcount.

Dubai recruiting heavily

The Robert Half Financial Hiring Index found that Dubai-based financial leaders plan the most hiring activity in the first quarter with nearly four in 10 (37 percent) anticipating expanding their finance teams and 48 percent backfilling roles for vacated employees.

According to the survey, confidence levels among UAE executives continue to be strong with 81 percent confident about the country’s growth prospects in the coming six months and 92 percent confident in their own company’s prospects.

So, if you are looking for a new job or new career in Finance in Dubai, now is a great time to start applying.

Absher cards distributed to Emiratis


The Ministry of Labour has begun distributing Absher cards to Emiratis working in the private sector who are eligible for the discounts and special offer programmes.

According to Mubarak Saeed Al Daheri, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Labour, Absher cards, numbered 1 to 10, were distributed to eligible Emiratis on Sunday. Salem Al Mutawa, acting director of Absher office was present. Al Daheri extended to the Emiratis receiving the card the greeting of Saqr Gobash, Minister of Labour. He added that Gobash is very proud of Emirati cadres working in the private sector, who are occupying high positions in their jobs.

The 10 Emiratis are a part of the first group of applicants in the discounts and special offers programmes. They extended their heartfelt thanks to President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for launching the Absher initiative and his keenness to provide a dignified life for Emiratis. They stressed their determination to continue to excel in their jobs.

2013 Calendar of Public Holidays in UAE Announced

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According to the Dubai Chronicle, The Abu Dhabi Government has announced on its website the 2013 Calendar of public holidays in the UAE.

Government employees will have public holidays on the days shown below. These are the public holidays according to the calendar.

  • January 1, 2013 – New year’s Day
  • January 24, 2013 – The Prophet’s Birthday
  • June 6, 2013 — Israa and Miaraj night
  • August 8, 2013 — Eid Al Fitr
  • October 14, 2013 — Arafat Day
  • October 15, 2013 — Eid Al Adha
  • November 4, 2013  – Hijiri New Year
  • December 2 and 3, 2013 — National Day

Dates for Islamic holidays are estimates, and the public holidays which are based on the moon phases will be announced once the moon is sighted. Therefore, these are not included in the calendar.

How Long Should Your CV Be?


How long should your CV be for a job in Dubai? The truth is that there is no simple answer to this, as it can depend on your level of experience and the type of you role you are applying for. If you are a junior/entry level candidate then you will need a shorter CV and a more experienced candidate may have a longer CV.

However, what we do know is that most recruiters and employers in Dubai will be time pressurized and will be required to review anything from 20 to 100 CVs per job, and research suggests that the typical employer may only spend 5-7 seconds scanning your CV to see if you are fit.

Because time is at such a premium, recruiters may be deterred by excessively long CVs, especially when they have plenty of precise, concise shorter CVs to choose from. In fact, research from CareerBuilder shows that 22% of recruiters would dismiss a CV from consideration just because it was longer than two pages long.Continue Reading »

Dubai’s 2013 budget will create 1,600 Emirati jobs

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About 1,600 jobs for Emiratis will be created under Dubai’s budget for 2013, approved yesterday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The expansionary budget will raise spending to Dh34.1 billion (US$9.28bn), up by 6 per cent from 2012. Public revenue will also rise by 7.8 per cent to Dh32.6bn, according to a statement released yesterday by the Government of Dubai Media Office. As a result, the budget deficit would fall to below 0.5 per cent of GDP, it said.

The budget focuses on a “prudent fiscal policy that provides the stimuli necessary to economic growth in the emirate, raise the efficiency of government agencies to provide the best services, health and social care for the citizens and residents,” the statement said.

Does Your CV Need a New Year Health Check?

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The festive season is coming to an end and the Dubai job seeking community will be turning their attentions to the new year and what it has to offer. Many of you will be setting new career goals, and for many of you, your 2013 career push will start in January as you seek to take advantage of the New Year Jobs rush and land yourself your dream job.

However, if you really want to make sure that you get first mover advantage in 2013 you’ll need to make sure that you update end enhance your CV to ensure it is fully optimized and ahead of the competition in terms of its ability to land you an interview. If you don’t update and enhance your CV, you will fall behind the competition as you can guarantee that the most determined job-seeker will be enhancing their CVs for 2013.

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