New Year’s Jobs Boost is Here to Stay, Says Mackenzie Jones

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Middle East experiencing "higher levels of recruitment"

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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 economic revival across the Middle East has triggered a marked increase in recruitment levels - with a noticeable upturn in demand for finance and accounting jobs.

Although many areas within the region have experienced significant growth in recent years, they have not completely escaped the impact of the global crisis that has most obviously hit Europe and America.

But with a raft of trusted economic indicators pointing to the worst now being behind us, the positive signals from 2012 have transformed into full-blown optimism as 2013 heralds a clear surge in recruitment demand.

And according to Middle East recruitment specialists Mackenzie Jones the improvement since January is far more than simply a new year 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 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 increase in demand for roles in finance and accounting mirrors a wider trend across most functions, with Mackenzie Jones HR jobs and marketing roles also seeing a tangible improvement in activity since the turn of the year.

As economic stability returns, companies in the region are stepping back into the marketplace and directing more resources towards recruitment.

And aside from job-hunters, the news is a much-needed boost for those in roles who are looking to climb the ladder. Another knock-on effect is that employees can anticipate a likely increase in salary levels and a re-introduction of bonus schemes.

The recent growth enhances the entire region's reputation as a superb destination for job-hunters tired of their UK-based role, with Qatar an increasingly popular location for those looking for a good work/life balance.

The sovereign Arab state boasts a highly attractive combination of climate, infrastructure, transport connections and trade links, one reason why recruitment agencies in Qatar are experiencing a boom at present.

Over 90% of the workforce in Qatar is already expatriate, and in 2013 the number opting to work in the world's richest country looks set to increase further.

For more information about current opportunities through Mackenzie Jones, visit http://mackenziejones.com/.

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