Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Diverse job opportunities, high-quality employment services minimizing UAE unemployment

Diverse job opportunities, high-quality employment services minimizing UAE unemployment
Manpower showcases to promote Emirati employment

Clarendon Parker Middle East (CPME), a subsidiary of leading employment services provider Manpower, has announced that it will campaign for a more active participation of UAE Nationals in the local workforce, as it prepares to participate in the 9th annual Careers UAE show to be held from March 29 to 31, 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Manpower, which will be exhibiting at Hall 2, Stand 204, refers to the UAE’s diverse job market and significant improvements in employment services as major contributors to the country’s low 4 per cent unemployment rate. In its recent comprehensive study on regional and international female employment, Manpower affirms that demand for labour in Middle Eastern countries remains strong, pointing to the rapid growth of the services sector in particular as a key factor. The company adds that improvements in local employment services have also significantly enhanced employability and job-candidate matching.

“The UAE has certainly emerged as one of the more robust job markets in the Middle East, and Manpower is committed to encouraging more Nationals to join the country’s vibrant workforce. We regularly visit colleges and universities to speak to Emirati candidates about the world of work, the expectations and needs of employers, and how they can adapt their existing skills and talents to work effectively in the private sector. We have many companies looking for talented, motivated Emirati candidates; Careers UAE is an excellent opportunity to meet Emiratis and talk to them in detail about opportunities and options. It also helps us to raise awareness of what recruitment companies actually do and how we can help Emirati candidates find meaningful and rewarding work,” said Patrick Luby, Managing Director, Manpower Middle East.

During the event, Manpower will also introduce, an online focus group dedicated to gathering Emiratis and private sector companies in a virtual space to explore and resolve barriers to the employment of UAE nationals. The group’s interactive services include a live job board where sponsor members can post job openings and receive resumes direct from prospective Emirati employees; a calendar of events relevant to Emirati job seekers and promoting member events; and news updates on Emiratisation. Emiratisation,org sponsor companies can use the site to discuss their experiences, achievements and proposed Emiratisation strategies, sharing best practice and knowledge to further the aims of Emiratisation.

Manpower entered the Middle East market through the acquisition of Clarendon Parker Middle East, the region’s largest staffing solutions provider and a staunch supporter of Nationalisation in the UAE’s workforce. The company will be participating in Careers UAE for the seventh consecutive year, during which it will discuss important domestic and MENA labour market trends, employment prospects, and its industry-leading services with Nationals and employers.

Careers UAE is an annual event that aims to introduce Emiratis to various training, work and development opportunities. The exhibition provides a platform for UAE Nationals to obtain information on companies, opportunities within organizations, market trends, and training and education programmes. The event attracted more than 20,000 visitors to 14,030 sqm of exhibition space during its three-day run in 2008. The 2009 exhibition is being held in cooperation with Tanmia, the National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority, Emirates Nationals Development Programme, Higher Colleges of Technology, Zayed University, and UAE University.

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