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START DATE 22 February 2017

Oasis Theatre

END DATE 22 February 2017

Hiring Trends and Employability Skills for Job Aspirants in UAE: An empirical study

Shanthi Rajan

Middlesex University Dubai


In a diverse and global business environment such as United Arab Emirates (UAE), organisations are constantly confronting challenges with attracting and retaining skilled manpower. Employers and graduates have different expectations of the work place. Expectations of graduates’ getting work placement purely lies with the belief that they have acquired essential knowledge, skills and abilities to perform well at work, whereas, employers’ expectations about educational institutions are that it will provide students with fundamental skills and workplace competencies for them to perform well. A recent report on UAE HR trends and employability assert that organisations are on the lookout for knowledgeable professionals who are both job and organization fit. Given the importance of UAE’s vision (NQA framework) which is ‘to build a UAE education and training system that includes vocational education and training and improves its relationship with the economy and labour market’ the purpose of this paper is to explore the relevance and workplace demands of employability of college graduates. In order to identify the gap and expectations and chalk out effective strategies, this research will focus on collecting data from the banking industry. The findings will reveal the importance of focusing on certain essential foundation skills as well as workplace behavioral competencies that could enhance employability of college graduates. Further, it will also recommend the importance of continuous communication that needs to be maintained between industry and academia as lack of communication could lead to a void in terms of understanding the changing demands of the industry thereby restricting academic institutions to update their academic contents to enhance employability.


Shanthi Rajan is a senior HR professional with 14 years of HR corporate experience and has worked predominantly in MNCs handling Senior HR roles. Shanthi started her academic career in 2009 and currently works in the capacity of a Senior Lecturer and Flying faculty (Adjunct) for the University of Bolton (Ras Al Khaimah, Vietnam, and Malaysia) and also teaches at reputed educational institutions such as University of University of Wollongong Dubai and Middlesex University Dubai. Shanthi’s core areas of specialisation include Strategic Human Resources Management, Strategic Management, Change Management, Managing People, Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior, and Management and Leadership, to name a few. Apart from teaching, Shanthi facilitates, designs and delivers needs-based training and workshops in Dubai and Sudan which include in-house and public programmes as part of  Management Development programs for senior executives. She holds a Master’s Degree with a specialisation in Strategic Human Resources Management from the University of Wollongong, and currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Bolton. Her research interests include OB, HRM, Emotional Intelligence and Behavioural Psychology.

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