Exactly How Many Jobs Are on Offer at Recruitment Shows in the Arab Region?

Monday, February 11, 2013
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In “The Vocational School Fallacy in Development Planning” Foster (1964) remarks “Aspirations are determined largely by the individual’s perception of opportunities within the exchange sector of the economy, destinations by the actual structure of opportunities in that sector”(p. 151). Last week Abu Dhabi hosted its annual Emiratization career fair Tawdheef. Assuming that Foster’s assessment of labor market decision making is accurate, the over 30,000 people, 44% of whom were Emirati, presumably shape their opinions of labor market opportunities based on the companies participating in the such events. From this perspective, career shows serve as an important bell weather that calibrates the public’s perceptions of labor market needs.

The Tawdheef exhibitor list shows that 50 companies participated in the event:

  • Approximately 54% of the companies attending the event were public sector companies or government-owned corporations, with the remaining entities from the private sector
  • The majority of company exhibitors were from the Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate, Manufacturing, Public Administration, and Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, And Sanitary Services sectors

Conspicuously absent were representatives of the UAE’s small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sector, despite the prominence of the sector in the UAE and the high employment concentration in small businesses in the UAE and across the Arab region. This was also the first time in the past six years Tawdheef has been hosted that only firms with immediate job opportunities for UAE nationals were permitted to exhibit. This prompts the question: exactly how many jobs are on offer at such events? We estimate around 2,900 jobs.

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To assemble the below estimates we relied on data from official Tawdheef communications in the media. To approximate the number of jobs on offer for the remaining exhibitors which did not list the quantity of jobs they were recruiting for at the event, we scoured the online recruitment sites of each company and consulted the sites of Tawdheef’s recruitment partners (Bayt.com, Akhtaboot, GovJobs, and Monster.com).  In many cases, companies which participated in Tawdheef did not have any jobs listed on online recruitment channels which career fair attendees could apply to.

CompanySector
IndustryEstimated Number of Jobs
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)
PublicTransportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, And Sanitary Services
9
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)
Public
Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate
NA
Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED)
Public
Public Administration
NA
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)
Government-owned corporation
Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate
NA
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Private
Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate
NA
Abu Dhabi National Energy Company - TAQA
Government-owned corporation
Manufacturing
NA
Abu Dhabi Police GHQ
Public
Public Administration
NA
Abu Dhabi Quality & Conformity Council
PublicPublic Administration
6
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority (ADTCA)
Public
Public Administration
NA
Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA)
Public
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, And Sanitary Services
NA
Advanced Integrated Systems
Private
Manufacturing
200
Al Mansoor Group
Private
Manufacturing
NA
AL Mansoori Specialized Engineering
Private
Manufacturing
1000
Al Wathba Company for Central Services
Private
Manufacturing
NA
Commercial Bank International
Private
Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate
6
Department of Transport
Public
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, And Sanitary Services
NA
Dolphin Energy Limited
Government-owned corporation
ManufacturingNA
DU - Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co.
Government-owned corporation
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, And Sanitary Services
160
Emirates Advanced Investments
Private
Manufacturing
NA
Emirates Aluminum
Government-owned corporation
Manufacturing
250
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
Government-owned corporation
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, And Sanitary Services
500
Ershaad
Private
Services
30
Etihad
Government-owned corporation
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, And Sanitary Services
46
Etihad Rail
Government-owned corporation
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, And Sanitary Services
NA
First Gulf Bank
Private
Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate
NA
General Holding Corporation (GHC)
Government-owned corporation
Manufacturing
43
Halliburton
Private
Manufacturing
48
Health Authority Abu Dhabi
Public
Services41
HSBC Bank Middle East Limited
Private
Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate
11
Khalifa Fund For Enterprise Development
Public
Public Administration
NA
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Middle East & Africa
Private
Services
146
Mubadala, Al Mamoura
Government-owned corporation
Construction
3
Musanada
Government-owned corporation
Services
3
National Ambulance Company
Government-owned corporation
Services
NA
National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Private
Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate
10
National Health Insurance Company (DAMAN)
Government-owned corporation
Services
50
New York University Abu Dhabi
Private
Services
15
Oasis Hospital
Private
Services
15
Petrofac Emirates LLC
Private
Manufacturing
20
Presidential Guard (PG)
Public
Public Administration
NA
SawaeedPrivate
Services
22
Schlumberger
Private
Manufacturing
1
Standard Chartered Bank
Private
Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate
30
State Security Department
Public
Public Administration
NA
Tabah Foundation
Public
Services
4
Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA)
Public
Public Administration
6
TotalPrivateMining
4
UAE Exchange
Private
Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate
NA
Union National Bank
PrivateFinance, Insurance, And Real Estate
201
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