With its strategic location and its reputation for being the hub of the Middle East, Dubai’s job market is constantly evolving with new businesses being set up every day. Millions of job seekers come to this emirate hoping to find lucrative employment opportunities; this growth has led to an increase in the number of recruitment agencies in Dubai that match appropriate employees with the right employers. As competition in almost every field in this city is stiff, reputable recruitment agencies can simplify the job hunting process, which many may find overwhelming.
Dubai has more than its fair share of recruitment companies and consultants; some of these have an exemplary reputation, with many years of experience in the UAE and Middle East job market while others with dubious reputations have received negative reviews from their clients, both employees and employers. As per UAE labor law, it is illegal for a recruitment agency to charge any type of fee for finding you a job; recruiters typically get their commission from the employer and not the employee. It is also illegal for an agency to ask you to pay for your visa, which is the employer’s responsibility. Unfortunately, this practice is still rampant particularly amongst the construction industry, which brings in large numbers of construction workers from third world countries.
While not every agency will satisfy all their clients and are bound to receive some negative reviews (sometimes from competitors trying to sabotage their reputation), there are a few agencies that are passionate about matching the right employer with the right employee. The list of agencies compiled below have a good understanding of the UAE and Middle East job markets, have dedicated and experienced recruiters for different career fields, great customer service with a high percentage of successful placements and a large network of companies with which they have contracts.
Although not a physical recruitment agency, I have included Bayt in this list as it is the largest online recruitment service in the Middle East with an extensive network of clients across the Middle East and GCC region. Jobs are listed by expertise and location and there is also a listing at the bottom of the page for jobs for nationals from each of the six countries that constitute the GCC. For job-seekers, registering on the site is completely free of charge and once registered, job seekers can look for, shortlist and apply to any vacancy listed on the website. I highly recommend uploading your CV to Bayt to gain maximum exposure to recruiters and potential employers and increase your job prospects.
Careerjet has a wide reputation for providing quality job listings tailored to the Middle East job market. They have a range of vacancies to help you find the best match for your recruitment needs. They have an extensive network of clients in the Middle East. Their job vacancies are clearly listed by industry and also by their serviced locations in Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
Established in 2005, Hays has built up a reputable clientele all over the Middle East with 28 global partner countries to provide world-wide talent to local employers. They extensive database of local job seekers is backed by highly experienced consultants with in-depth knowledge of the local job market and sector-specific expertise in a variety of employment fields.
Established in 1983, NADIA has been in the business of sourcing and identifying candidates with unique qualifications for the last 30 years. Backed by three decades of market experience, NADIA’s experienced recruitment consultants undergo constant training to keep up with global and local market trends in an effort to better serve their clients. NADIA also has a state-of-the-art online database with an extensive pool of skilled candidates for their client’s benefit. For those seeking employment, they have an easy online form with key questions where you can upload your CV or resume.
BAC Middle East
One of the oldest recruitment agencies in the region, BAC, headquartered in the Dubai International Financial Center, was established in 1979 to provide professional recruitment services to top-level companies looking for all levels of employment from junior to middle and senior management in a wide sector of career fields. They have a well-designed, easy-to-navigate website for both clients as well as candidates looking for employment.
Charterhouse Middle East has been in the talent acquisition business in the Middle East for the last ten years with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, Qatar. The website provides a useful salary guide for candidates seeking employment and also allows them to receive regular job alerts for their selected career field.
A division of the PageGroup, Michael Page consultants are experts in the successful placement of employees in permanent, temporary, full-time or part-time positions in several sectors in the Middle East. Their website provides a very useful career center for candidates applying for jobs with a detailed job search tools that allows candidates to narrow their job search based on expertise, location, type of employment as well as expected salary.