In the next three months some 30% of Middle East and North Africa employers are definitely hiring while 27% say that they are probably hiring, a new survey indicates, an increase of 2% in both instances in comparison to the thirds quarter of 2012.
Across the region, multinational private sector companies will be hiring the highest number of new employees in the next three months, and will continue to be the biggest source of employment in a year’s time, says the survey by job site Bayt and YouGov research. Within the next three months, they are looking to hire predominantly at junior executive level, followed by executives and coordinators.
‘A high number of lower tier jobs is good news for new graduates. This provides a more open field at entry level, which will give first time job seekers more opportunities to find employment in the industries that they wish,’ said Sundip Chahal, chief executive officer of YouGov.
Regionally, the most desirable qualifications for candidates are in business management, commerce, engineering, and computer science. Good communication skills in English and Arabic are most desired by employers, though being a cooperative, helpful and flexible team player is also considered highly. In terms of experience, most highly regarded is the ability to manage a team, followed by computer skills, and sales and marketing.
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The survey also found that 38% of respondents state that their current country of residence is more attractive than others in the Middle East, with the United Arab Emirates topping the list of the most attractive countries in the region, followed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Similarly, 43% believe that the industry they are currently working in is more attractive as a potential employer, in comparison to others. Banking and finance, and telecommunications (33% each) are considered to be the industries that are attracting and retaining the top talent in the respondents’ countries, followed by construction (32%) and oil, gas and petrochemicals (27%).