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Emirati graduate recruitment increases by almost 300 per cent

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, May 10 - 2007 @ 08:28

As a major recruiter in the region, iQ selection has been spearheading initiatives to help drive the hiring of Emirati nationals in support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s strategic plan and the latest figures from the organisation show that this type of activity is having the desired effect.

Based on iQ selection’s own data, new job figures show that the number of graduate roles coming on to the market and successfully filled by the business increased threefold in 2006 compared to 2005 levels and all of these positions were filled by Emirati nationals.

The growth in graduate jobs has been and continues to be strongest within sectors such as Banking, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Public Relations and Sales, across major multi-nationals, semi-government organisations and large local groups based in the region.

These findings are evidence that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s plans for recruiting and developing young Emiratis as part of laying the foundations necessary for social development in the UAE, are firmly in motion.

As Dubai attracts hundreds of thousands of skilled expatriate workers a year, there are a growing number of initiatives amongst the international community to support the development of Emirati graduates and help in the transference of knowledge from expatriates to Emiratis, in line with His Highnesses’ strategic plan for Dubai and iQ selection are closely involved in a number of these projects.

In an interview with AL Ittihad Newspaper on Dec 4th 2006, His Highness stated; “If the private sector’s role is not positive, it should be. I am proud of the Emiratisation policies at a number of private sector companies and publicly-held organisations. I am proud of businessmen who have introduced training programmes and recruited national employees.”

In 2006, iQ selection played a major part in the recruitment of graduates to participate in the first annual graduate training program of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, named “Tomorrow’s Regulatory Leaders”. The objective of the programme is to identify high calibre Emirati graduates who will become the regulatory leaders of the future.

Richard Ingram, Managing Director, iQ selection comments;

“While we have seen graduate job numbers rise significantly over the course of 2006, they are likely to more than double this year. The launch of graduate training programmes such as the DFSA’s, is contributing to the increase in graduate job opportunities in the region and we will continue to work very closely both with the leading educational bodies and the major organisations in Dubai, to bring together top employers with the best graduate talent in the region.”

At the launch of the DFSA’s graduate training programme in May 2006, Mr David Knott, Chief Executive of the DFSA stated; “The harnessing of global talent has been central to the development of Dubai as an international city.” He continues, “We also have great opportunity and obligation to lay the groundwork for a more self-reliant community by promoting the transfer of knowledge and expertise from expatriates to Emiratis.”

In the first half of 2007, iQ selection has been approached by a number of companies to work on their graduate hiring needs as pressure in the marketplace to secure the best graduate talent ahead of the competition continues to grow.

Osama Ali, who leads the iQ selection Emiratisation team states; “We have seen a significant increase in the number of requests for talented Emirati graduates to fill entry level positions in recent months and we are encouraging each of those clients to expedite their recruitment plans quickly, as the rush to secure talent at this level becomes ever more competitive.”

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