Revealed: UAE's most in-demand jobs for 2020

Those with strong digital and interpersonal skills will be the winners in the job market next year.

That's according to a new study by leading recruitment consultants Robert Half. 

According to the report, consumer and business confidence is running at a higher rate than in previous years and strong economic growth is predicted for the UAE for the coming 12 months. Whilst this is good news for potential candidates, employers may struggle to fill roles due to a skills shortage. 

Compared to five years ago, 82 per cent of UAE business leaders find it more challenging to find qualified talent to fill open roles. 

Gareth El Mettouri, Associate Director at Robert Half UAE, tells us how some employers are making themselves more attractive to potential job seekers.

If you are searching for a new role, he has some advice for job seekers.


Predicted starting salaries in 2020
Chief Financial Officer (large company)
$228,900 - $450,450
Finance Director (large company)
$178,000 - £312,900
Financial Planning and Analyst Director (large company)
$154,500 - $217,800
Predicted starting salaries in 2020
Chief Risk Officer
$294,300 - $490,500
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
$277,900 - $457,800
Head of Compliance
$153,700 - $327,000

Top 3 most in-demand roles in technology for 2020

Predicted starting salaries in 2020
Chief Digital Officer
$170,800 - $261,600
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
$155,300 - £277,900
Project/Programme Manager
$91,600 - $138,100

Top 3 most in-demand roles in human resources and administration for 2020

Job role
Predicted starting salaries in 2020
Head of Recruitment
$126,500 - $147,100
HR Manager/HR Business Partner
$65,400 – $98,000
Personal Assistant
$49,000 – $65,400

Top 3 most in-demand roles in legal for 2020

Job role
Predicted starting salaries in 2020
Head of Legal
$260,000 - $425,000
Senior Legal Counsel
$163,500 - $220,500
Legal Associate
$80,500 - $175,000


The annual report is deduced from a compilation of interviews of hiring managers, candidates and actual starting salaries in a number of roles as well as trends in the marketplace. 



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