A survey has found that in the next three months, 30% of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) employers are “definitely hiring”, with an additional 27% stating that they are “probably hiring” — an increase of 2% in both instances in comparison to results gathered in the third quarter of 2012.
The latest MENA job index survey conducted by Bayt.com and YouGov, showed that in the UAE, 35% of the companies are “definitely hiring” in the next three months (compared to 28% in the third quarter of 2012), with 22% stating that they are “probably hiring”. In a year’s time, 67% of companies are expecting to hire new employees. Data for the Bayt.com Job Index January 2013 survey was collected online from December 21, 2012, to January 31, 2013. Results are reported on a base of 4,349 respondents.
Countries that participated are the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Pakistan. “The clear improvement in the number of jobs to be available in the coming three and 12 months is a positive sign for the UAE’s economy. ” “We have seen a regional increase in terms of the numbers of employment opportunities , and this is a good indicator of the region’s growth and development,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com.
“At Bayt.com , we specialise in gathering the information that matters most to employers and employees across the region as we aim to empower jobseekers and employers alike by giving them the tools to find their dream job and top talent respectively.” The majority of companies in the UAE (67%) are expecting to hire up to 10 employees in the coming three months, 2% lower than the regional prospects of 69%. Employers in the UAE consider an educational background in engineering to be most important for new hires, followed by business management and commerce.
They also consider good communication skills to be most important when seeking a new candidate, followed by the ability to be a co-operative, helpful and flexible team player, and having good leadership skills. Companies will look to hire candidates who have experience in team management, computer skills, sales and marketing, engineering, and those who have between 3-7 years of experience. Respondents believe that the industries that attract and retain the top talent in the UAE are banking and finance, and oil, gas and petrochemicals, followed closely by construction.