The summer season and the Holy Month of Ramadan are often believed to cause a "slowdown" in the Middle East's business sectors, but this may not hold true in 2018.

Construction professionals in the Middle East can look forward to numerous job vacancies and training initiatives in the months to come.

For instance, earlier this month, Marcus Taylor, managing partner of Taylor Sterling Associates, said that recruiters must use the Holy Month of Ramadan to plan their resources for the year to follow.

Meanwhile, job-hunters could use the upcoming months to focus on self-development programmes, and this is particularly significant, as Construction Week's Skills Gap Survey 2018 has found that 72% of the region's construction professionals believe that their colleagues fulfil to complete their tasks efficiently.

BuildingMENA.com, a Construction Week brand that is the Middle East's only recruitment portal for the construction industry, has more than 100 jobs listed each week.

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Ramboll is hiring a project director to join its team in Dubai (UAE), while Parsons is hiring a mechanical engineer and an electrical engineer to join its offices in Jazan (Saudi Arabia). An airport pavements engineering expert is also being sought in Kuwait by Mott MacDonald.

In the Season 2 opener of Construction Week In Focus, Neha Bhatia, editor of Construction Week, and Oscar Rousseau, deputy editor of Construction Week, discuss how the Middle East's construction recruitment segment might perform this summer.

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