Survey reveals job market growth Survey reveals job market growth

The most recent Middle East and North Africa Job Index released by and YouGov revealed that 44 per cent of companies in the UAE are looking into hiring in the next three months.

The survey also found that 64 per cent of these companies will be hiring up to 10 people, mostly for junior executive positions.

Aside from the 44 per cent of companies in the UAE that will definitely be hiring in the next three months, 23 per cent claimed that they will probably be hiring in the same period. Specifically these companies are looking into hiring for the following positions: junior executives (36 per cent), sales managers (19 per cent), customer service representatives (15 per cent), human resources professionals (14 per cent), project managers (14 per cent), and executive assistants (14 per cent).

Meanwhile, in other GCC countries it has been found that 40 per cent of companies in KSA will definitely be hiring in the next three months, 35 per cent in Kuwait, 37 per cent in Qatar, 21 per cent in Bahrain and 30 per cent in Oman.

As for the companies across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, 62 per cent says that they will ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ be hiring in the next three months.

What are they looking for?

As for the qualifications that these companies are looking for in a candidate, a business management degree at graduate or post graduate level is the most sought-after in the MENA region. In the UAE, the most desirable qualification is one in engineering (31 per cent), followed by business management (29 per cent), and commerce (21 per cent). Employers in the UAE are looking for candidates who have good communication skills in Arabic and English (60 per cent), who are team players (50 per cent), have good leadership skills (45 per cent), and good negotiation skills (45 per cent).

In terms of experience, employers in the UAE like candidates who have the ability to manage a team (40 per cent), who have worked in sales and marketing (37 per cent), or in administration (30 per cent).

In the UAE

According to 71 per cent of UAE respondents, the UAE is more attractive as job market than any other country in the region. Around 66 per cent of UAE companies have hired new employees in the last six months.

UAE respondents also believe that the most industries in the country are the following: construction (39 per cent), banking and finance (39 per cent), following by oil, gas, and petrochemicals (35 per cent)

Data for the Middle East and North Africa Job Index Survey, July 2014, was collected online from June 10-July 31 2014. Results are reported on a base of 2,279 respondents, of which 2,001 were of working status. Countries that participated are the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

Rushika Bhatia Editor

Rushika Bhatia is one of the region’s leading commentators on business and current affairs issues. She is the Editor of SME Advisor magazine - the flagship title of CPI Business. She is passionate about infographics – with special emphasis on data, research and statistics. Rushika has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, USA and is also CIMA qualified.

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