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UAE attracts most migrating professionals for second year, says LinkedIn

September 2015

The UAE has been revealed as the global leader in attracting talent for the second consecutive year, according to a recent global study by LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. By analysing every new position that was added to member profiles between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, LinkedIn determined that the UAE attracts the most talent, gaining 1.89 percent as a percentage of its total workforce.

Ali Matar, Head of Talent Solutions, LinkedIn MENA, said: “This is the second year that the UAE has been revealed as the most attractive destination for professionals. LinkedIn has more than 380 million members from around the world, including more than 16 million in the Middle East and North Africa region.”

According to the study, India is the leading source of professional talent coming to the UAE representing 28 percent, with the United Kingdom, Pakistan, United States, and Qatar making up the top five. Other Gulf nations contributed a combined 11 percent of members who moved to the UAE. The top sectors for talent moving into the UAE in 2014 were professional services, architectural and engineering, financial services and insurance, technology (software), and retail and consumer products, while the most common occupations were salespeople, marketing specialists, project managers, corporate finance specialists, accountants, consultants, and mechanical engineers.