Your five minute guide to recruitment in the Middle East

One region that is making a significant mark in the recruitment industry is the Middle East. Recruiters are witnessing a huge increase in the number of British migrant workers looking to ply their trade in the region and for good reason: these developing markets are a fantastic place to live and work.

If you're thinking of becoming one of the many workers who want to improve their career prospects, check out this quick five minute guide on recruitment and living in the Middle East.

Taking the plunge

The Middle East is a growing market but jobs in the region are certainly not in abundance, nor are they 'easy to get'. It's well worth researching where the demand is and how your skills and experience can add value to a business. For instance, in the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain, there is generally demand for project managers as well as construction and development professionals.

On the other hand, certain areas in the Middle East are on the hunt for business consultants, teachers and financial experts, so there is a career path for everybody as long as you're looking at the right regions. The more experience and expertise you can offer in a certain field, the better your prospects.

The Telegraph suggests experience and qualifications are a great way to secure a vacancy in this region. For instance, those with professional qualifications and degree-qualified candidates are looked upon positively in construction so it might be worth trying to become a member of the the Chartered Institute of Building or the Association for Project Management to boost your chances in the recruitment stage.

Quality of life

The Middle East's recruitment drive looks set to get even bigger after the Saudi government revealed plans to invest billions of dollars in social development and infrastructure in the region; one way they are looking to drive the Kingdom's economic development. Naturally, making the region an attractive place to live, work and relax is essential to recruiting talent and the Middle East couldn't be better placed to offer a great quality of life.

Take, for instance, the tax status of Middle Eastern regions. Many governments are often generous when its comes to taxation and charge no personal income tax. While Qatar does charge corporation tax, this is at fairly low rates and consumers in the region are at an advantage as they pay little or no tax on items or services.

If you're offered a relocation package, these also tend to be quite generous in nature (housing and car allowances are a popular benefit). In some cases, Position Ignition also suggests an education allowance for kids is offered just to sweeten the deal.

Working overseas can deliver boosts to both your career and your own personal development, making it an attractive option for many jobseekers. However, it is simply not a case of hopping on a jet plane and handing out your CV. Looking for a specialist recruiter that can guide you through the process of applying for jobs in the Middle East could be the way forward.


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