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Jobseekers in the UAE want to stay for min 5 years

Posted on June 7, 2019
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Jobseekers in the UAE

Almost 3/4ths of the Jobseekers in the UAE, as well as Saudi Arabia, want to remain and work in the Middle East nations for minimum 5 years. This has been revealed by the latest survey by Michael Page the global recruitment firm.

Around 30% of the respondents said that they would like to remain in the Middle East for 15 plus years. In addition, 64% of the respondents are optimistic regarding the current situation in the job market. Meanwhile, 80% of them said that the job market conditions will improve in the next 6 months.

The job market survey for the Middle East collated data from 850 respondents in the region. Most of them were in Executive to Managerial level roles, as quoted by the National AE.

Jobseekers in the UAE

The top 3 reasons that were cited by the respondents for working and living in the Middle East were:

  1. Salary
  2. Career prospects
  3. Standard of living

The most attractive city for jobs in the UAE continues to be Dubai. This is in comparison with other cities in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Kuwait, and Bahrain.

The data was collated by Michael Page on a voluntary basis from applicants who had submitted a CV or applied for jobs on its website. Out of the 850 respondents, 23% were females and 76% were males who were chiefly in Executive to Managerial roles. Of the total respondents, 80% plus were in the age range of 25 to 50 years.

70% of the respondents had 5 plus years of experience while 85% of them had College degrees. This is in terms of education and professional experience.

Around 50% of the Jobseekers said that they were seeking jobs for a better pay package. 44% of them said that the existing role was not offering chances for further professional development. 38% of them wanted to expand their responsibilities. 32% of them were seeking enhanced life-work balance.

The Michael Page Salary Survey has also revealed the professional skills that are in huge demand in the Middle East region:

  • Procurement and Cost Management
  • Data science and Analytics
  • Governance and compliance

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest, Travel or Migrate to UAE, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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