UAE Jobs: Huge Demand for Temporary Positions Across Sectors
Dubai: Temporary jobs have become all the rage in UAE as demand for short-term opportunities surges amid the global pandemic.
Popularly known as temps, these temporary positions are not unique to the UAE and reflect a global phenomenon as the job market aligns with the needs of the times, according to recruiters and HR consultants .
Achal Ghai, managing director of Legacy Emirates Group, which runs Legacy Smart Employment Services and Temp.ae, a portal dedicated to temporary jobs, told Gulf News: “Requests for new permanent hires suddenly turn into transfers of two at three months. COVID-19 has created financial challenges for businesses around the world, and everyone is taking a closer look at their operations and HR practices in an effort to cut costs. “
“Hiring temporary staff is one of the steps in this direction that many companies are considering because it is cost effective.”
Ghai said that while acting or concert work has been around in developed countries for several years, especially with the concert economy rising due to popular applications, it has seen a resurgence in recent times. “In the UAE, the word has gained popularity due to the growing number of graduates, visa-sponsored spouses looking to gain experience and make quick money with temporary roles. The government has also relaxed the rules allowing dependents and young professionals to take multiple temporary assignments. “
Difficult to predict
According to him, the pandemic has also made the future difficult to predict. “Hiring temporary staff for the interim period until the dust settles globally is now a strategy employed by several organizations. This allows them to keep their business afloat while avoiding visa / EOS and other costs as well as challenges to organizational culture.
Travel restrictions between countries also have an impact on recruitments. The immediate availability of job seekers locally has led to an increase in demand for temporary jobs, as has the possibility for some valid visa holders and their company’s NOCs to work elsewhere.
“There are many who are looking to earn additional income to support their current financial situation,” Ghai said.
The win-win situation
According to Nikhil Nanda, head of recruitment at Innovations Group, part-time work opportunities are essential in helping companies cut costs while allowing employees to earn additional income.
“The only light that shone during the COVID-19 period was that companies kept all their employees’ visas open and allowed them to work for other companies that might need them,” he said.
But Nanda noted that not all industries suffered during the pandemic. “Sectors such as logistics, healthcare and manufacturing, for example, were in urgent need of assistance as their entire recruitment pipeline came to a halt when people couldn’t fly into the country. These companies had no choice but to hire part-time workers locally. At Innovations Group, we took this opportunity to push our temp portal justtempit.com to allow candidates to legally work part-time with companies that need additional manpower. There are many job opportunities out there and there are more than enough talented professionals. Unfortunately, there are simply not enough effective bridges to connect the two. “
Advantages of the temporary contract
Aws Ismail of Marc Ellis Recruitments said employers have indeed realized the huge benefits of acting, thanks to COVID-19. “Hiring employees on temporary contracts was popular in Europe, but now employers here too understand the benefits. Temporary contracts allow employers to scale up and down depending on their circumstances, giving them the freedom and flexibility they need nowadays.
Ismail said it is now common for employers to go through labor supply companies that have the required licenses that allow them to engage with workers and get them separate work permits. whole on temporary contracts.
Ismail said the establishment of the Marc Ellis Training Academy was a response to this trend as it aimed to provide a dedicated platform offering a range of refresher courses to UAE residents who have faced redundancy. , or the prospect of redundancy or just wanting to use the current time to develop new skills.
“We decided to contact our network and asked professionals willing to devote part of their time to offering coaching / training sessions in order to support job seekers during these difficult times. Within a week, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel courses for beginners had been held, offering a 2 hour training session to around 25-30 people each time, through the Zoom platform. “
What is the interim?
Interim refers to a temporary position in a company. It usually indicates a job that can last a few days, weeks or even a few months.
A job is generally considered temporary if the contract between the employer and the employee is less than one year or, alternatively, it is linked to a specific project or assignment of short duration.
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Common temporary jobs and average wages
“The temporary job market is very large,” Ghai said. “Some companies can hire new graduates with relatively very little experience. They can be paid around 2,000 to 5,000 dirhams. a month. On the other end of the spectrum, there are large organizations looking to hire highly experienced and skilled people for specific IT, digital marketing, product launches, or even corporate restructuring assignments (typically varies between three and six months) and are ready to pay a monthly remuneration of 20,000 Dh to 30,000 Dh. “
The main categories of temporary jobs, he said, include data entry, call center representatives, warehouse assistant. Delivery drivers, customer support, IT helpdesk, data analysts and senior IT positions.
Recruiters said that as the UAE market continues to expand, there will be more need for temporary jobs. “Government initiatives and the recent increase in government support for the hiring of temporary staff will allow more companies to benefit from the hiring of temporary staff. There will be steady growth in temporary staff as the odd-job economy continues to evolve. If you look at the innovation and tech / fintech hubs being promoted, there will be a demand for qualified young people to come to Dubai from Europe / North America or even Asia to facilitate the implementation of new ones. technologies and initiatives. It will also improve the temporary skills and permanent jobs that are already working here, “Ghai added.