Labour Market Observatory
UAE Labour Market is ranked 1st in the following global competitiveness indices:
  • Industrial disputes
    World Competitiveness Yearbook 2023 - IMD
  • Capacity to attract talented people
    Global Prosperity Index 2023 - Legatum Institute
  • First in the Arab World on the Global Labour Resilience Index 2024
    Whiteshield
  • UAE is the most favored country in the world for international professionals seeking employment visas
    Global HR platform Deel, 2023
2nd
  • Employment (%)
    World Competitiveness Yearbook 2023 - IMD
  • Working hours
    World Competitiveness Yearbook 2023 - IMD
  • Labor force (%)
    World Competitiveness Yearbook 2023 - IMD
  • Foreign labor force (%)
    World Competitiveness Yearbook 2023 - IMD
3rd
  • Foreign highly-skilled personnel
    World Competitiveness Yearbook 2023 - IMD
  • Brain retention
    INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2023
  • Digital skills
    INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2023
4th
  • Labor regulations
    World Competitiveness Yearbook 2023 - IMD
  • International Experience
    World Competitiveness Yearbook 2023 - IMD
  • Competent Senior Managers
    World Competitiveness Yearbook 2023 - IMD
  • Relationship of pay to productivity
    INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2023
  • Brain gain
    INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2023
6th
  • Best place in the world for expats to live and work
    InterNations 2022
Labour Market Observatory
Growth of workforce
%

The workforce in the UAE has demonstrated a surge in growth over 2023 compared to 2022

Last update: January 8, 2024

Growth of companies
%

There is a remarkable growth in the number of companies established in 2023 compared to 2022

Last update: January 8, 2024

Workers safegarded
%

The Workers Protection Program provides insurance on workers’ entitlements, which include unpaid wages among others. Almost all workers working in the private sector are covered under this social umbrella

Last update: January 8, 2024

Labour Mobility Rate
%

The UAE monitors Labour mobility as a measure of Labour market flexibility and freedom of movement to prevent forced Labour. The Labour mobility rate in the UAE is comparable to that of OECD countries

Last update: January 8, 2024