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UAE a magnet for tech talent

18/08/2015 by Julian Frankum


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) appears to be winning the battle for technology talent, having attracted more professional expats in 2014 than any other country in the world, according to new data.

As national news website Emirates 24/7 reports, this is the second year the UAE has topped the global study by LinkedIn, with the nation this year increasing its total workforce by 1.89%.

Ali Matar, head of talent solutions, LinkedIn Mena, explained how the social media giant analysed every new position that was added to member profiles throughout 2014, allowing it to determine from where users were migrating.

"LinkedIn has more than 380 million members from around the world, including more than 16 million in the Middle East and North Africa region, and more than two million members in the UAE, which enables us to determine trends amongst the globe's connected professionals," he added.

The main source of professional talent for the UAE emanated from India, with Indians making up 28% of the new workforce, according to the study. Of those that decided to leave India in 2014, about half were working for technology firms.

The United Kingdom, Pakistan, United States, and Qatar accounted for the rest of the top five, which Matar says proves the UAE's "attractiveness as an employment market is no longer limited to the traditional sources of talent."

He added that the findings also support the country's status as a strong and robust economy which now has the scope to compete on a global scale.


technology, Talent

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