The Cooper Fitch Salary Guide for Manufacturing & Supply Chain represents the predicted market-rate salary ranges for new recruits across the UAE for 2020
Market rate salary ranges in manufacturing and supply chain saw minimal changes in 2019, save for a slight increase in pay for managerial roles, predicting 2% increase for 2020. UAE manufacturing firms reported a need to hire new professionals that year, but also said that manpower plans and budgets did not allow for ambitious recruitment strategies amid a modest market, our experts say.
Levels of recruitment activity in 2020 are expected to be roughly the same as 2019, but there will be substantially more activity in Abu Dhabi, as the government progresses its Dh50 billion package of ‘Ghadan 21’ initiatives to boost the economy and encourage more significant investment in the private sector.
That being said, manufacturing activity in nearby Al Ain is gaining momentum, while Dubai will continue to register solid levels of activity. Some international companies appear to be struggling in terms of building up their workforce and building up new volumes of work. On the other hand, local firms, which typically have the advantage of deeper embedded knowledge of the market, appear to be more resilient, our experts note.
Procurement, quality control, and research and development (R&D) roles are likely to be most indemand in the coming months, and firms seek professionals with a hands-on approach and years of industry experience. This differs from previous years when professionals with high levels of education and numerous qualifications were deemed more important than those with ‘at the coalface’ experience. For some under-developed industries, global expertise remains essential, but regional experience as increasingly crucial for businesses.
2020 will bring continued challenges concerning the availability of human capital in manufacturing and supply chain across the whole of the Middle East. Some roles are being affected by technological advances, including automation, reducing labour costs, and offering the potential to forecast higher profit margins.
Securing a stable role for at least the next 3-5 years is the biggest priority for jobseekers in this sector and will continue to be so in 2020. There have been a large volume of redundancies and restructurings among manufacturing and supply chain firms in recent years, and candidates seek increased job security.
Many other professionals are looking for greater responsibility in a new role, as their current employer may not offer sufficient opportunities for promotion. Businesses looking to hire manufacturing and supply chain professionals should offer personal and professional development programmes to attract new recruits and build up their confidence in and commitment to the firm.
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