Tue 11-04-2017 21:34 PM
DUBAI, 11th April, 2017 (WAM) -- Emirati women were out in full force at Careers UAE this week, as exhibitors at the country’s largest recruitment fair reported an increase in the number of women looking to join the workforce.
With the gender pay gap predicted to close 100 years earlier than anticipated, UAE female undergraduates are leading the way, as 67 percent are more likely to aspire to be in senior leadership positions compared to their male classmates.
The three-day Careers UAE event held an exclusive ladies event to meet the growing demand of female job seekers, as private and public organisations showcased their latest recruitment opportunities across a range of industries.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Careers UAE closed on 11th April at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Badriya AlBlooshi, Emiratisation HR Officer, said, "There has been a lot of interest in our job openings this year and the majority has been from women. This is a positive step for the region’s job market and of course the sector, as private companies are proactively striving to reach the 2021 Emiratisation Vision."
Government entities also revealed that job openings were being dominated by women, with Mohammed AbdulRahman Ahmed, Head of HR Recruitment Section from HR Department, Dubai Municipality saying: "70 percent of our applicants are female. We have already carried out at least 20 interviews on the stand and received over 200 CVs. Within Dubai Municipality, 51 percent of our staff are female and we have a number of initiatives to encourage women within our workforce."
Women are dominating the workforce at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, making up 60 percent of the employees with a high number of those being engineering staff.
The UAE Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces proved to be a popular choice for women, as they received a high number of applications from them.
Further supporting women empowerment, Hopscotch Women’s Conference took place on 10th April for the first time at the show, which saw female delegates provide hands-on training, coaching, inspiration and opportunities to hundreds of female Emiratis.
In line with the UAE’s Emiratisation plan to increase the current number of nationals working in the private sector tenfold by the year 2021, the 17th edition of Careers UAE, has seen a number of new exhibitors join the show, using it as a platform to find the best local graduates in the market.