During the COVID-19 pandemic, several private companies have been able to alter contracts, reduce employees’ salaries, and even increase leave times. While it is true that job cuts are increasing more than any other period, recruitment keeps taking place and different measurements need to be considered. This is the impact of a global pandemic that currently (in June 2020) has over 7.3 million confirmed cases worldwide.
In some companies of the UAE such as Emirates, recruitment processes were officially suspended, as the company states that it is not prepared for such a tremendous challenge as a result of a decrease in the number of flights the company normally operates.
On the other hand, the recruitment industry in the UAE often requires direct contact something that has been inevitably stopped to prevent the spreading of the disease caused by the COVID-19. As an example, the analytic tool WaveTrackR has found that the job applications in January 2020 represented only 19% compared to the same month last year. This has pushed recruiters in the UAE and the rest of the world to move to online meeting platforms such as Zoom.
However, although companies in the UAE are waiting and watching to see how the Coronavirus situation evolves, experts expect an increase in the recruitment processes starting from Summer 2020. This directly affects the hiring times which are taking longer to happen after the interview stage, from 4-6 days to 4-6 weeks.
The impact of the COVID-19 in the hiring process is something that affects both called “white-collar” (procurement, business, IT professionals, etc.) and “blue-collar” (drivers, cleaning, etc.) employees.
But not every industry has been minimized during this global emergency, the consequences of the pandemic have unraveled the potential hidden behind specific sectors such as e-marketing and e-commerce. Professional recruiters and HR specialists should turn their approaches to find the best talent in these areas as online industries have boosted during the coronavirus and are likely to keep growing.