(PRWEB UK) 22 February 2013
The continued recovery of the economy across the Middle East has led to a surge in recruitment levels - with finance and accounting jobs particularly in demand.
Although many places in the region have boomed in recent times, they have not been completely immune from the global downturn that has affected Europe and America.
But with many economic indicators suggesting the worst is over, the green shoots of recovery that had been evident last year have already led to a tangible improvement in 2013.
And according to recruitment experts Mackenzie Jones, the new year recovery is much more than just a January boost.
A spokesperson said: "January 2013 has seen noticeably higher levels of recruitment in finance and accounting across the Middle East, over a wide number of sectors. This looks to be more than just the expected post-New Year’s activity, and instead is a sign of continued activity to come.
"With mandates across retail, FMCG, government, energy, manufacturing and financial services sectors, we feel this bears the hallmark of a meaningful improvement in the hiring outlook when compared with the last four years."
The increased demand for positions in finance and accounting reflects a wider trend across most functions, with HR and marketing also showing a positive upturn in demand.
The trend is not restricted to particular sectors either, with recruitment on the up in industries such as oil, gas, petrochemicals, banking and construction.
The news is not only a welcome sign for job-hunters, but also those in existing roles who are seeking to move on and develop their careers.
Workers should also expect to see an increase in salary and bonus levels, as well as a return of the job security that had disappeared during the downturn years.
The growth in recruitment levels so far in 2013 bolsters the region's reputation as a great destination for workers seeking a good work and life balance, with the United Arab Emirates a particularly popular destination.
The UAE's business hub, Dubai, can represent a tempting prospect for expatriate workers, its unbeatable combination of infrastructure, climate and trade links making a UAE job search a popular Google search in the UK.
Almost a quarter of a million British workers have already decided to make the step, and in 2013 that number looks set to swell considerably.