The recent survey from Robert Walters, a global specialist professional recruitment consultancy says that the UAE and Saudi Arabia economy is set to go through a new positive and growth cycle. This trend is forecasted to accelerate throughout the year and expected that other countries in GCC and the middle east to follow too.
On another survey piloted by Mercer – the world’s largest institutional investment adviser and global human resources consulting firm, working professionals in the UAE alone can expect an over-all 4.5 percent salary increase in 2020 across all industries, and nearly 45 percent of their respondents plan to increase their workforce in 2020. On top of these positive outlooks in the middle east economy, the region will be in focus because of several major global events. The Expo 2020 in Dubai on October 2020 will run for nearly half-year, and the G-20 summit in Riyadh sometime on November 2020.
Thus the expected growth in UAE, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle East countries means there are excellent career growth and opportunities for well-educated and experienced nationals and expats carrying the required business skill sets from multinationals.
Having this in perspective, the hiring trends for 2020 according to Robert Half consultancy, their recent survey reveals that the top employable skills that HR Managers will be looking for are the following:
Aside from technical skills, hiring managers will be considering for soft skills in potential employees to work with them. Communication, emotional intelligence, strategic thinking, and adaptability are some of the soft skills that are expected to grow in importance as work forces change rapidly to meet the demands of business challenges.
The working professionals in the GCC or Middle East must have the readiness to seize these opportunities of economic growth in the region to advance their careers in the corporate world. They must take heed of the hiring plan of many companies by 2020 and in the following year(s) but they should be ready to address the requisite skills that it demands.
A good MBA program can help the working professionals in this region and it is a powerful tool to address their identified skills gap. In the past years’numerous studies and surveys are conducted about the rising importance of MBA in the Middle East and a lot of those students already benefited in advancing their education by taking MBA.
The Westford College University in UAE, winner of several accolades including the prestigious FORBES HIGHER EDUCATION AWARD – 2019, offers one of the most sought after MBA programs in the region. Westford’s fast track MBA executive program can be taken as short as one year and is awarded by Cardiff Metropolitan University- UK and MBA in HR & Organizational Psychology from Universidad Catolica De Murcia – SPAIN. Both programs are designed to cater to working professionals and can be taken onsite or offsite. The program structure of our MBA will surely address and close the skills gap identified by the Hiring Managers and Business Professionals.