With economic confidence growing in many nations, many reports and surveys have indicated a positive hiring outlook for 2015. However, competition for vacancies remain tougher than ever, so we have analyzed the key skills HR directors
are seeking in their top level executives for 2015 so you can either develop or demonstrate that you possess such traits. Be sure to include such skills on your CV and LinkedIn profiles! Accounting and Finance Professionals Corporate governance remains one of the most highly sought after skills and attributes in demand for finance professionals in 2015. Bigger companies are looking to integrate many functions of the company into one centralized unit as opposed to running them as stand alone functions
like they were in the past. Other skills and attributes in demand as mentioned in the Robert Half Middle East Salary Guide is the ability to be systems savvy, in particular the use of Oracle or SAP software, having an advanced Excel knowledge, commercial and analytical skills and also having strong, clear and effective communication strategies, with a proficiency in Arabic being highly sought after among executives. Financial Services Professionals Cost production, lean efficiencies and laying down the foundation for further growth are main skills HR Directors are looking for in financial services professionals. This means executives need to illustrate their ability to “balance investment between initiatives that will enable growth and those related to corporate governance that are cost and labour intensive.” (Robert Half Middle East Salary Guide). Other areas in demand are compliance and regulatory experience, local experience twinned with developed market exposure, senior-level director experience, Strong IT skills including accounting software Oracle and SAP, CFS qualifications and ACII qualifications. Technology Professionals With cloud adoption still on the rise, skills related to the cloud are in demand, making infrastructure professionals with 3+ years of experience in high demand. With more and more companies turning digital there is a rising demand for web developers, security professionals and project managers. Other skills and attributes highly sought after this year are commercial and business acumen, strong communication skills, ERP systems experience, developed market exposure and a Degree paired with the relevant qualification i.e. PMP, ITIL, LEAD, CCIE CCNP etc. Human Resource Professionals Businesses are seeking HR professionals with experience and education in mature markets. This makes having worked in regions such as Europe or any of the other developed nations of the western world a highly sought after trait if looking to relocate to the Middle East. Other skills and attributes in demand are performance management, organisational design and talent management. Strong knowledge of technical systems such as SAP and Oracle and international and multinational exposure are advantageous. Manufacturing and FMCG experience is highly sought after in Dubai whilst banking and finance experience is keenly desired in Abu Dhabi. CIPD, SHRM and MA, HR management qualified professionals is also advantageous. Also, keep an eye out for these key hiring trends that could be part of the company hiring strategy for 2015. Niche Experts One of the main hiring trends we are seeing in 2015 is the demand for niche experts among various industries. According to the Robert Half Middle East Salary Guide HR Directors have become more specific in their hiring requirements and criteria, looking to employ a candidate with a particular skillset to grow the business in a certain way. In fact, they sight this as the most challenging reason to find skilled professionals in 2015 with 43% indicating this is their main concern. Cybersecurity A recent increase of cyber attacks on celebrities and large corporations in 2014 has sparked a heightened awareness regarding cybersecurity. Nearly 3 in 10 executives plan to hire additional staff to manage their security projects and information privacy.