Career fairs might help shape potential recruits' opinions of labor market opportunities
- More than half of the companies represented at Tawdheef were from the public sector
- Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were noticeably absent
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).
From this perspective, career shows serve as an important bell weather that calibrates the public’s perceptions of labor market needs.
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.
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.
This was 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.
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.
|Company||Sector||Industry||Estimated Number of Jobs|
|Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)||Public||Transportation, 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||Public||Public 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||Manufacturing||NA|
|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|
|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|
|Health Authority Abu Dhabi||Public||Services||41|
|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|
|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|
|Petrofac Emirates LLC||Private||Manufacturing||20|
|Presidential Guard (PG)||Public||Public Administration||NA|
|Standard Chartered Bank||Private||Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate||30|
|State Security Department||Public||Public Administration||NA|
|Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA)||Public||Public Administration||6|
|UAE Exchange||Private||Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate||NA|
|Union National Bank||Private||Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate||201|