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Finding A Job In Dubai As A UK Citizen

Finding a job in Dubai as a UK citizen can be easier when you know Dubai’s job market, apply during their peak recruitment season, cater your CV to the Dubai expectations, and sell yourself on your LinkedIn account.

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Are you a UK citizen who is trying to find a job in Dubai? Are you a UK expat who would like to learn some tips about getting a Dubai job?

This article by Pacific Prime is going to give you 5 easy tips to help! We also have a list of the most in-demand jobs in Dubai and the highest-paying jobs in Dubai. We’ve even included their average annual salaries in AED and GBP to make it easier for you.

After finishing this article, be sure to check out our posts about what to expect when living in Dubai and our analysis of the cost of living in Dubai.

If you aren’t yet aware of what the healthcare system in Dubai is like or whether or not the hospitals in Dubai are considered high quality, you’ll want to learn more about these topics as well before you move.

Please reach out to Pacific Prime if you have any questions about this or other posts you read from our blog. We’re happy to help!

How UK Citizens Can Find a Job in Dubai

Dubai Walkway With Palms - UK Job Searcher's View

UK Citizens can find a job in Dubai by following these easy tips:

  1. UK expats should know Dubai’s job market
  2. Create a CV that is catered to Dubai
  3. Beef up your LinkedIn account
  4. Find available jobs in Dubai online and apply
  5. Apply during Dubai’s peak recruitment season

Let’s discuss each in more detail.

Tip 1: UK Expats Should Know Dubai’s Job Market

Dubai right now has high demand in finances, cybersecurity, risk management, coding, web development, administration, marketing, languages, teaching, human resources, and healthcare. Expats from the UK and elsewhere looking to work in Dubai should apply for these fields if they qualify for them.

Other fields that are booming in Dubai that UK expats may want to consider applying for are:

  • Legal
  • Engineering
  • Business Development
  • Tourism
  • Procurement
  • Telecomm
  • Hospitality

Tip 2: Create a CV that is Catered to Dubai

To cater your UK CV to the CV norms in Dubai, expats should keep their CV to a 2-page maximum, give brief descriptions of the top qualities and/or prestige of their education and work experience institutions, and mention their nationality with their personal details.

If you’ve worked in the United Kingdom in the past, it’s likely you already have a CV or resume you’ve used before. Pull this out and update it, but make sure as you do that you tweak it to showcase your value specifically for Dubai jobs in the field(s) you’ve decided you’ll apply for.

Catering your CV to Dubai includes learning what recruiters in Dubai expect from a CV. A few differences from your British CV you’ll want to make sure you include are:

  • Your nationality
  • A professional photo of yourself
  • Context for your work experience. For example, Dubai recruiters may not recognize a UK company you worked at, so you may want to give a one-sentence or less description of who they are and their reputation.
  • Context for your education. Dubai recruiters may not know the school you attended, so giving a description to convey how prestigious it is or other noteworthy features is wise.
  • Your visa status if you already live in Dubai
  • Keep your CV to 1-2 pages maximum
  • Your availability if you would be able to start immediately or very soon

It is not common in Dubai to send attachments of your passport, degree certificate, or other documents, so only send those if specifically requested.

Tip 3: Beef Up your LinkedIn Account

Dubai recruiters use LinkedIn a lot, so if you’re a UK citizen who is serious about working and living in Dubai, you better beef up your profile. Make sure it is filled out in its entirety and that it comprehensively displays your unique experiences, qualifications, work experiences, and skills.

Old Souk, Dubai - UK Citizen's Dubai Job Quest

Make sure that every aspect of your profile is up-to-date and thorough. This includes your:

  • Headline
  • About Section
  • LinkedIn Banner
  • Profile Picture
  • Contact Details
  • Experience Section
  • Skills Section

Tip 4: Find Available Jobs in Dubai Online and Apply

Some of the most popular Dubai online job sites that UK citizens and global expats use are ae.indeed, Gulf Talent, Bayt.com, Dubizzle, LinkedIn, and Naukrigulf. You can also hear about job openings on social media and on company websites you’re interested in working for.

Spread your reach as you do all in your power to discover your future job as a UK citizen living in Dubai! Ask friends to get ideas about what they’ve done to find jobs, and network, network, network! Sometimes when it comes to finding a job, it’s more about who you know than what you know.

Here are some more strategies UK citizens can use to find available jobs in Dubai:

  • Networking with people you know in Dubai or the United Arab Emirates
  • Attending job fairs
  • Traveling to Dubai to meet people and companies in person
  • Connecting with professional Dubai recruiting agencies

As you start sending out your applications, make sure you revisit your CV for every application and make it personalized to each employer you contact. This can help you stand out from a crowd of other applicants who don’t do this extra step.

Tip 5: Apply During Dubai’s Peak Recruitment Season

It is crucial for UK citizens trying to find a job in Dubai to apply for jobs in January and February. These are the months when Dubai employers and recruiters are most actively hiring. Dubai’s recruitment season can stretch out through May.

By June, July, and August, much of Dubai’s hiring hype has died down. Following Dubai’s recruitment cycle is a must if UK citizens and expats want to increase their odds of landing a job.

In-Demand Jobs For UK Citizens in Dubai

Dubai has a high demand to hire professionals in jobs related to finances, cybersecurity, coding, web development, and more. UK citizens looking to get hired in Dubai with experience in these high-demand fields should be able to find a number of available jobs to apply for.

Dubai's White Buildings At Night - UK Job Seeker's View

Here is a full list of the fields of jobs that are in high demand in Dubai for UK citizens:

  1. Finance
  2. Cybersecurity
  3. Coding
  4. Web Development
  5. Administration
  6. Marketing
  7. Social Media Marketing
  8. Teaching
  9. Personnel Management
  10. Healthcare

Below is a chart with ten of the highest-paying jobs in finance that UK citizens and expats may apply for in Dubai. Included is the range of their average annual salaries in both AED and GBP.

 

Profession Title Annual Salary in AED Annual Salary in GBP
Financial Manager 208,800 – 630,000 £92,800 – £140,200
Financial Director 213,600 – 597,600 £47,500 – £133,000
Investment Advisor 192,000 – 610,800 £42,700 – £136,000
Risk Management Director 140, 400 – 458,400 £31,200 – £102,000
Tax Manager 135,600 – 418,800 £30,200 – £93,200
Audit Manager 140,400 – 414,000 £31,200 – £92,100
Investment Fund Manager 130,800 – 452,400 £29,100 – £100,700
Accounting Manager 156,000 – 435,600 £34,700 – £97,000
Audit Supervisor 123,600 – 355,200 £27,500 – £79,000
Financial Analyst 117,960 – 386,400 £26,200 – £86,000

 

Highest Paying Jobs In Dubai For UK Citizens

The highest-paying jobs in Dubai for UK citizens and global expats include surgeons, doctors, judges, lawyers, bank managers, CEOs, CFOs, orthodontists, college professors, pilots, and marketing directors.

Dubai Marina View - UK Citizen's Job Search In UAE

This list comes from Salary Explorer

Below is a chart with ten of the highest-paid jobs in Dubai for UK Citizens and expats. Included is the range of their average annual salaries in both AED and GBP.

 

Profession Title Annual Salary in AED Annual Salary in GBP
Surgeons/Doctors 386,400 – 1,176,000 £86,133 – £262,100
Judges 260,400 – 829,200 £58,000 – £184,800
Lawyers 235,200 – 769,200 £52,400 – £171,400
Bank Managers 192,000 – 644,400 £42,700 – £143,600
Chief Executive Officers 216,000 – 604,800 £48,100 – £134,800
Chief Financial Officers 213,600 – 597,000 £47,500 – £133,000
Orthodontists 186,000 – 594,000 £41,400 – £132,400
College Professors 165,600 – 528,000 £36,800 – £117,700
Pilots 142,800 – 480,000 £31,800 – £107,000
Marketing Directors 138,000 – 416,400 £30,700 – £92,800

 

Conclusion: More Resources for Expats

Now that you’re more familiar with the Dubai job market and with what you can do as a UK expat to sell yourself as a great candidate, you are well on your way to moving to Dubai. It may help you to read our comprehensive guide about moving to Dubai and our post specifically about moving to Dubai from the United Kingdom

If you aren’t completely sure Dubai is the right place in the United Arab Emirates for you, consider the best places for expats to live in the UAE. If you are set on living in Dubai, read about the best places to live in Dubai on our blog. 

Because there is a law requiring all residents in Dubai to have health insurance, it will be worth your time to learn what types of health insurance expats need in Dubai and what happens if you don’t have insurance.

Lastly, if you found value in this article, you may also want to read our articles about Finding a Job in Dubai as a Canadian and Finding a Job in Dubai as an Expat.

If you have any questions about health insurance or travel insurance in Dubai, please reach out to us at Pacific Prime. Our insurance experts know Dubai’s local companies as well as global ones that can make sure your health and family members are covered, and you don’t pay us a penny for our advice.

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Happy travels!

Senior Content Creator at Pacific Prime
Serena Fung is a Senior Content Creator at Pacific Prime, a global insurance brokerage and employee specialist serving over 1.5 million clients in 15 offices across the world. With 2+ years of experience writing about the subject, she aims to demystify the world of insurance for readers with the latest updates, guides and articles on the blog.

Serena earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. As such, she is an avid advocate of mental health and is fascinated by all things psychology (especially if it’s cognitive psychology!).

Her previous work experience includes teaching toddlers to read, writing for a travel/wellness online magazine, and then a business news blog. These combined experiences give her the skills and insights she needs to explain complex ideas in a succinct way. Being the daughter of an immigrant and a traveler herself, she is passionate about educating expats and digital nomads on travel and international health insurance.
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