The UAE — with its above-average salaries, tax breaks and deluxe lifestyle — is a mecca for many job seekers. Not surprisingly, the competition for talent across industries and sectors is fierce, with IT recruiting at the top of the list.
One thing to remember is that headhunters work for the hiring entity. That means job seekers don’t pay any type of fee, and the employer is responsible for the cost of a visa.
If you’re seeking an opportunity in the IT field, or if your company needs to bring on an IT expert, take a look at some of the recruiters below. To get you started, we’ve listed IT recruiters and recruitment agencies that are locally networked with companies and professionals throughout the UAE and Middle East, and familiar with the local job markets.
The Best Recruitment Agencies in Dubai and the UAE
The senior IT recruiter at Adecco Middle East in Dubai, Imran Anwar is a technical recruiter with a decade’s experience. A specialist in permanent recruitment across industry sectors, Anwar’s work in the field encompasses Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and includes mass recruitment.
Part of the recruiting industry since 2010, Anuja Naidu currently works as a recruitment specialist at AMMROC, a military aircraft maintenance center in Abu Dhabi. In addition onboarding aviation experts, technical IT experts are sought at what Naidu describes as one of the fastest growing MROs.
As Oracle’s principal recruiter across EMEA and APAC (Asia Pacific), Syed Suhaib wants you to contact him if you’re passionate about cloud computing. His responsibility is to hire exceptionally talented people to join the Oracle teams and is seeking experts in every department, including infrastructure.
Shameena Khan is a talent acquisition consultant at Microsoft in Dubai, where she finds and places IT specialists such as CRM solution architects and developers. With prior experience in IT recruitment at Morgan McKinley, REED and Plus Point, Khan brings years of relevant experience to the table.
A senior talent acquisition professional, Ashwini Pavithran is currently handling the recruiting function for the entire IT entity of the First Gulf Bank in Abu Dhabi. With a decade’s experience working with global organizations, Pavithran has been successfully recruiting across regions and industries, including engineering, infrastructure, IT, and banking.
Head of Resourcing at Nabbesh.com, an online community of 85,000 screened freelancers, Peter Tamas links IT professionals as well as creatives to jobs across the Gulf region. Jobs can be remote or on-site in Dubai, Qatar, KSA and the surrounding areas, and are posted by every type of organisation, from startups and small businesses to multinational companies.
A recruitment manager at Fircroft, a technical recruitment agency with more than 60 offices worldwide, Declan Strain has more than 12 years of experience in the construction & engineering and oil & gas sectors across the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and Australasia.
Pradeep P is Head of Business Development – Recruitment at Live Connections, a recruitment company that has placed more than 20,000 professionals across all sectors over two decades. In addition to his talent acquisition expertise, which he confirmed to us includes IT professionals, Pradeep is a new business consultant, with clients across the Middle East, as well as in India, Africa and Singapore.
As regional manager at Randstad Middle East in Dubai, Karim Abdellaoui leads a team of 10 recruitmenters, connecting professionals in the power and energy sectors with organisations in emerging and established markets. Abdellaoui has been recruiting in the MENA region for nearly a decade and also works with startups in the Middle East.
Dani Blizzard heads up the eCommerce Recruitment Division at Digital Gurus in Dubai. She recruits across industries, including IT as well as IT security, big data and more, with a stated aim of helping to “drive ecommerce forward within the MENA region.”
Michael Page UAE
This global specialist recruitment agency has teams in Dubai (also servicing Oman and the Levant), Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Doha (also servicing Bahrain and Kuwait), with a mission of bringing the world’s top talent together with the best brands. All subsectors of technology jobs, both permanent and temporary, are listed and available at Michael Page’s website.
Smart HR Expat Jobs UAE
Recruiting across verticals, including IT, Smart HR is a consultancy and recruitment company whose goal it is to find top talent for its clients, using the team’s knowledge of local and international markets. The agency also provides candidate training and development to assist employability throughout the ecommerce, telecommunications and finance industries in the UAE.
With offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, the talent specialists at Kershaw Leonard have been recruiting professionals across sectors — including IT, telecoms, and engineering and construction — since 1999. By carefully analysing and matching recruitment needs, the KL team procures the best talent for the brand, using their extensive network in the Middle East as well as affiliations with professional organisations.
BAC Middle East
This Dubai-based recruitment agency has a searchable database of more than 100,000 candidates, with an experienced team that has a high level of local knowledge, network and cultural awareness, fostered since the company’s start in 1979. From entry-level to senior management and executive, the job categories listed at BAC ME include IT and telecom, among many others.
Having successfully placed more than 250,000 people since 1983, NADIA Recruitment & Management Consulting is the largest agency in the Middle East, with offices in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai-DIFC and Sharjah, plus an active online recruitment portal. Its multicultural team has a keen awareness of the Middle East and Gulf markets and trends, as well as a network of talented professionals in every sector including.
Reach Recruitment is an employment services company that currently hires more than 3,000 contractors and direct hires in the UAE, Jordan and Qatar. Founded in 1999, the Gulf Capital-invested company procures talent across sectors, and also offers staff and business process outsourcing as well as emiratisation.
At-a-Glance Job Boards
Sometimes, it helps to get an idea of the number of jobs in a specific field or location, as well as the salaries offered. We’ve listed a few boards below for research purposes.
Our friends at AbuDhabiPaddy also have a Jobs Board, which features available positions in Abu Dhabi for a wide range of professions, including accountancy, marketing, graphic design, QS – a great resource for anyone looking to move to the emirate.
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