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Despite low oil performance and earlier predictions of a lackluster performance by the oil & gas industry in the UAE, several players in this sector are hiring now, giving a boost to the job market.

Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) is looking for qualified personnel to fill various positions across different departments within the group.

Candidates are needed in areas such as drilling, operations & terminal, engineering, general services, geosciences and business support.

There is no information available on the salaries and pay packages paid by the company.  Interested candidates can apply directly through the company website.

Petrofac, an oilfield service company, is also looking for candidates to be based in Sharjah. International company Halliburton is seeking candidates to fill up some vacant roles such as operator assistant, at the entry and senior level, interns, senior materials engineer and service supervisor among few others in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Even though the sector is hiring, job portals show that this traditional growth sector may not necessarily be on the top of the job market.

For example, as per the listing by job portal www.gulftalent.com, industries such as construction, engineering, retail, real estate, FMCG and marketing are ahead when it comes to adding more jobs to the local economy.

With the volatility seen in the sector, majority of oil and gas companies globally have changed their hiring plans in the short- and, in some cases, medium-term, but hiring levels are much better in the Middle East.

According to a previous survey released in the first quarter of this year by recruitment company Hays on the sector, there are still pockets of reasonably strong activity with Asia and the Middle East both showing an increase in hiring activity compared to the previous quarter, albeit below Q1 2014.

Within the region, businesses such as Saudi Aramco are hiring western expats with specific unconventional experience and for infrastructure projects, as per Hays, keeping the job market healthy.