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LinkedIn reveals fastest-growing jobs in UAE and KSA

LinkedIn in a latest report, Data Scientist, Cyber Security Specialist, Talent Acquisition Specialist, and Back End Developer are among the fastest-growing jobs in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The report shows a number of new career opportunities in KSA and the UAE, it highlights a new trend in the Kingdom: continued evolution of the workplace and an increase in hiring levels have seen HR and Talent focused roles featured in the top 5. Skills such as Big Data, Network Security and Machine Learning are also some of the fastest growing skills in the region, as technology and AI continue to hold center stage in the region’s agenda.

Confidence is soaring
In line with the unveiling of the fastest growing jobs, new research from LinkedIn reveals that a staggering 9 in 10 MENA professionals feel confident in their current role. This increased confidence could in turn be driving a desire amongst the workforce to change jobs, with 78% considering a switch this year. In the UAE, job competition has also dropped by nearly 35%, and job seekers across markets are in a stronger position to negotiate salaries and terms that benefit their ideal world of work.

It was found that the desire to consider a new job role seems to decrease with age with nearly 9 in 10 (87%) of Gen Z surveyed looking for a change compared to the 71% of boomers and Gen X.

Employees know what they want – and they are ready to ask for it 
The research also uncovered that nearly 85% of workers feel confident enough to push for a promotion or new job opportunities at work, while almost half of the workers surveyed in KSA and 40% workers surveyed in the UAE think their confidence in their role will only get better in 2022. One of the key motivators of this surge in worker confidence can be attributed to the increased prevalence of flexible working with 51% of the workforce saying that it has made them more confident to think about trying a new career.

Salaries appear to be a core factor with 48% citing an increased compensation as a good reason to consider a new job, while 50% also saying that a salary increase would convince them to remain with their current employer.

Ali Matar, Head of LinkedIn MENA and EMEA Venture Markets said “We’re witnessing the tangible impact of a rapidly evolving world of work. New government policies, accelerated digitalization, and renewed business priorities are reflected in the fastest growing job roles we see today. Now more than ever, professionals are rethinking why they work and how they want to work, and as a result of this we have seen employee confidence skyrocket.”

He added, “A staggering 8 in 10 professionals in the UAE and KSA are considering changing their jobs. This is part of a larger global trend that has also seen companies revamp policies and benefits to not just hire, but also retain quality talent. Candidates are being increasingly selective about the organizations they choose to apply for — citing flexibility, compensation, and company culture as critical factors.”

Helping the workforce find new jobs
New research from LinkedIn finds that 78% of people in the UAE and KSA are considering changing roles in 2022, with improved salary (48%) and an opportunity to learn new skills (45%) being the factors most likely to make people move jobs.

To help job seekers, LinkedIn is unlocking a range of LinkedIn Learning courses globally to help professionals gain skills to find their next opportunity. These include courses like: Creating Great First ImpressionsVideo Interview TipsFinding a Remote Job and Finding a Job at Companies That Embrace Diversity and Inclusion, to name a few. These courses are available for free until 30 June 2022.

LinkedIn is also releasing its 10th annual Global Talent Trends report, with a focus on the reinvention of company culture. The report offers insights into how companies can stand out and attract top talent in this competitive market.

The UAE’s Top 5 Fastest-Growing Jobs and the skills needed:

Fastest-Growing Roles Skills needed
1. Content Coordinator Adobe Premiere Pro, Digital Marketing, Web Content Writing
2. Back End Developer Back-End Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python (Programming Language)
3. Data Scientist Python (Programming Language), Predictive Modeling, R (Programming Language), Data Science
4. Business Development Associate Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Communication, Marketing Strategy, Team Management
5. E-commerce Coordinator E-commerce, Digital Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)


KSA’s Top 5 Fastest-Growing Jobs and the skills needed:

Fastest-Growing Roles Skills needed
1. Cyber Security Specialist Cybersecurity, Information Security, Network Security, Vulnerability Assessment, Ethical Hacking
2. Legal Specialist Legal Writing, Legal Research, Legal Consulting, Legal Assistance
3. Human Resources Operations Specialist Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), Talent Management, Employee Relations, HR Operations
4. Talent Acquisition Specialist Recruiting, Talent Management, Human Resources (HR), Sourcing
5. User Experience Designer User Experience (UX), User Interface Design, Adobe XD, User Interface Prototyping

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