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April-June 2017

IT staff recruitment poses major challenge in UAE and wider region

Organisations in the UAE face a challenge to attract and retain top-quality CIOs and other key IT staff as the region seeks to tackle a technology skills gap. As the UAE pushes ahead with its digitisation agenda, the ability to attract and retain IT talent is critical for local enterprises – and salary levels are no longer the be-all and end-all for IT professionals. The Middle East as a whole is suffering a shortage of IT professionals with the right skills and experience. For example, figures from Cisco show that the Middle East was short of 48,000 skilled networking staff in 2012, and that number had grown to over 100,000 by 2015. “This gap is a direct result of the positive news that the UAE is embarking on a period of intense digitisation,” said Mike Weston, vice-president at Cisco in the Middle East. “But the flipside of this is that the country faces a shortage in the number of skilled IT workers required to turn these digital dreams into reality.” However, the UAE has put itself in a good position by creating a ...

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