Scope of Jobs in Gulf for Indians

The Middle East comprising the Gulf countries of UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran, Iraq and other nations have always been a virtual Eldorado for Indian job seekers. The Middle East countries naturally endowed with vast reserves of fossil fuels have since long attracted petroleum refining companies from Europe and North America to set up their bases in these nations.

And India blessed with abundant manpower has been supplying both skilled and semi-skilled workers since the 1970s in the wake of the oil boom. Workers from South India, mainly from the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh always made up the major proportion of the workforce that has been migrating to the Gulf and still do.

Initially, jobs were mostly available in the segments of oil exploration and oil refining. But with the passage of time, the west Asian countries flush with petrodollars, created and perfected a super-efficient infrastructure that facilitated the growth and development of the economic segments of construction, banking, financial services, petrochemicals, airlines, hospitality, and medical etc.

Indians have found jobs in these commercial sectors as well. The total number of Indian workers migrating to the Gulf (comprising both skilled and semi-skilled workers) every year jumped from 1, 60, 000 in 1999 to 9, 00, 000 in 2015. Of the Indian diaspora working in different countries of the world, 19% of the same were employed in the different industrial and commercial organizations in the Gulf countries.

Salary in Gulf for Indians

Many West Asian countries have per capita incomes that are amongst the highest in the world. For instance, Kuwait, the fifth wealthiest nation in the world has a PCI of US $ 81,800. Furthermore, currencies of most of the Middle East countries have high exchange values. An engineer, doctor, architect or teacher from India can look forward to earning many times the salary in the Gulf compared to what he'd earn in his home country. Many Indians are therefore eager to migrate to the Gulf as the scope for finding a job with a high salary is quite high. Prospects for Indians landing a job are quite good chiefly in the following sectors:-
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Real Estate
  • Banking
  • Oil & Gas
  • Engineering
  • Government
  •  Logistics
  • Information Technology
  • Banking
  • Education
  • FMCG
  • Medical/Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Shipping
  • Airlines
  • Insurance
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy

The above of course is not an exhaustive listing as there are many other sectors where you can apply for a job position in your area of specialization.

How to Get Jobs in Gulf - Process & Procedure

Before you get started with the application procedure, you'd need to make a shortlist of the job openings you'd want to apply to, you can never be 100% sure to get an offer of employment if you're applying to only one position. You can search for your preferred job position by categories of country, city, 'industry, company', and 'specialization area'.

After you've drawn up a shortlist, you'd need to register with the site of an approved employment agency as a jobseeker. You'll find the registration details in the homepage of the manpower hiring agency's website or in its job applicant section. You'll have to log in with your email id. Thereafter, you'll have to fill in all the required details in the registration form.

Once you CV is uploaded, prospective employers will be able to go through the same and get in touch with you if your academic and professional qualifications are in consonance with the profile of the job position. Bear in mind that your chances of receiving calls and communiques for interviews will be high if you submit a registration application complete in all respects.

After you receive a job offer (that'll be routed through your employment agency), always make it a point to crosscheck whether the organization that has made the offer of employment actually exists or not. You can contact the Indian embassy in the respective country for finding out the details. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the country's diplomatic mission in India (the country in which the company is situated) in India to establish the authenticity of your employment offer.


Last Updated: 18/03/2015