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UAE companies step up recruitment drive at the UOWD Career Fair

Thursday, 17 March, 2011

30 companies reaffirm that the region is ripe for accelerated hiring in 2011

Over 30 UAE companies, including some multinationals and major local corporations, have expressed confidence that 2011 will see accelerated business activity and greater hiring in the UAE and across the region.

The companies, which were participating in the 6th annual UOWD Career Fair, also revealed that contrary to some reports, there was no scaling down of salaries; on the contrary, a few said their companies had given small salary increments in 2010. More than 400 UOWD students took part in the fair.

Among the companies that attracted huge interest at the annual career fair were Deloitte, Economic Zones World, Emirates NBD, MashreqBank, HP, Total, Etihad, IBM, Microsoft, LOreal, Pfizer, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Schneider Electric, ThyssenKrupp Elevators, Johnson Controls and Bayt.com.

Deloitte, a major player in the regions accounting and finance field, said a surge in new clients had created the need for accelerated recruitment. "We are certainly on a recruitment drive, as the regions economy is gaining further momentum. We have been participating in this fair every year and UOWD is one of our top ranking universities as far as recruitment goes, said Najah Zaki, HR Officer, Deloitte & Touche (M.E.).

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, plans to fill up to 20 vacancies out of the total 44 openings in the company. "We are looking for interns as well as full-timers. We have won several new clients and there is a strong need for young graduates in our organizations. We were impressed by the caliber of students seen in this career fair.

A recruitment advisor for HP said the company was going ahead with all-round expansion in the emerging markets. "As a company that is present in every area of Information Technology, we have huge requirements in various areas. We hire nearly 100 graduates each year. This well-organised career fair, among the best we have attended so far, has given us hundreds of CVs of young men and women brimming with confidence and ready for the job market, said the spokesperson.

Raymi van der Spek, Vice President Administration, UOWD, commented: "UOWD places high importance on grooming our graduates for the job market with the right mix of academic excellence and skills set. We are pleased with employers comments about our students. The fair also gives us ideas on the kinds of programs that are in demand, besides providing insights into the pace of hiring.

An interesting highlight of this year's UOWD Career Fair is that past UOWD graduates, who are now employed with major companies including HP, Deloitte, Symrise, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Schneider Electric, returned to the university to recruit fellow graduates.

"The response to the UOWD Career Fair showed that the recession is behind us. All recruiters showed serious intentions of hiring, and not just going through the formality of receiving CVs, said Franky Barreto, Manager Student Services, UOWD. "On our part, we made sure that the students were properly briefed on how to present themselves and, more importantly, how to sell themselves."