Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 July 2019

Most job seekers want to stay in the UAE for at least five years

Majority believe the market will improve in the near future, according to new study

Close to 30 per cent of respondents in the survey said they would like to stay in the Middle East for more than 15 years. Getty
Close to 30 per cent of respondents in the survey said they would like to stay in the Middle East for more than 15 years. Getty

Nearly three quarters of job seekers in the UAE and Saudi Arabia would like to live and work in the Middle East for more than five years, according to a new survey from global recruitment consultancy Michael Page.

Close to 30 per cent said they would like to stay in the Middle East for more than 15 years.

Additionally, 64 per cent of respondents are positive about the current job market situation and 80 per cent of respondents are optimistic it will get better in the next six months, said the quarterly report.

The Q1 2019 job market survey collected data from 850 respondents in the Middle East, mainly in managerial to executive level roles.
The Q1 2019 job market survey collected data from 850 respondents in the Middle East, mainly in managerial to executive level roles.

The top three reasons respondents cited for living and working in the Middle East were career prospects, salary and standard of living. Dubai remains the most attractive city for employment, compared to other cities in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

The data was collected on a voluntary basis from candidates who applied for a job or submitted a CV on the Michael Page website. The 850 respondents, 76 per cent male and 23 per cent female, were mainly in managerial to executive level roles. More than 80 per cent were between the ages of 25 and 50 years old.

In terms of professional experience and education, 70 per cent had more than five years of experience and 85 per cent had college degrees.

Almost half of job seekers said they were looking for new employment for a better salary package. Forty-four per cent said their current role was not offering opportunities for further development, 38 per cent wanted to broaden their responsibilities and 32 per cent were looking for a better work-life balance.

According to Michael Page's 2019 salary survey released in January, the professional skills that are most in demand include data science and analytics, procurement and cost management, and governance and compliance.

Updated: April 18, 2019 09:51 AM

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