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Employers list top 10 skills most valued in Qatar’s construction sector

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 Construction site in Doha
Construction site in Doha

As many companies in Qatar seek to recruit more employees this year to help meet ambitious construction targets ahead of the 2022 World Cup, recruitment company Bayt.com has compiled a top 10 list of sought-after skills that new employees should have.

At the top of the list, which was recently published in Qatar Construction News, are good communication skills, with employers emphasizing that the ability to speak both Arabic and English is highly prized.

Second on the list are good interpersonal skills, followed by: leadership ability; technical skills; flexibility and multitasking; multicultural awareness; a willingness to learn; problem solving and creativity; and, at tenth, good negotiation skills.

The emphasis on people skills comes at a time when construction firms in Qatar have been urged to actively plan and manage project deliveries to avoid legal battles with their clients as World Cup deadlines loom.

Salary issues

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

On the flip side, companies will need to keep in mind that expanding their work forces and retaining staff will require spending money.

A study of salaries released in May by Bayt.com and market research agency YouGov found that 85 percent of Qatar respondents felt the cost of living in this country rose during 2014.

At the same time, more than a third (38 percent) said they did not get any increase in their salaries to compensate.

Of those who felt their daily costs had gone up last year, more than a quarter (27 percent) said their expenses had increased by more than 20 percent.

Higher rent, food and utility bills were the key reasons for the increased costs, respondents said.

Unhappiness with wage packages was also reflected in a survey released in April, which found that six out of 10 Qatar residents surveyed were actively looking to switch companies, with low salaries being the number one reason for searching for employment elsewhere.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

According to the poll, which questioned 5,774 people from 13 countries in the region in March, Qatar employees were most likely to want to leave their current employers over low base salaries (67 percent), lack of career growth opportunities (63 percent) and lack of training opportunities (44 percent).

Although Qatar is the second-most popular Gulf country for expats to work in after the UAE, it has one of the region’s lowest retention rates, according to a recent report by online recruitment site GulfTalent.

The report, Employment and Salary Trends in the Gulf 2015, said this is likely due to Qatar’s kafala sponsorship law, which makes it difficult to change jobs, prompting many to leave the country to look for work elsewhere.

Figures from 2014 show that fewer than half (48 percent) of expats surveyed said they wanted to continue working here, compared to 88 percent of those working in the UAE and 61 percent in Kuwait. Only Oman had a worse rate than Qatar, with less than one-third (30 percent) stating they intended to remain in the country.

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Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago

They missed out a willingness to work for free.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

It says it in my contract. Overtime is not paid for and you are supposed to do overtime whenever required by your manager 🙂 🙂

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

And for however long the overtime is necessary. My contract didn’t mention that I was expected to occasionally turn up to some coffee bar at midnight to sit with my boss to run over (in arabic which I don’t speak) the finer details of the latest madcap building project of some Sheik.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

Haha I know that one. I have colleagues who get called in the middle of the night and asked to go to a hotel in West Bay to see the Big Boss because he has some questions to ask 🙂

Michkey
Michkey
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

Enjoy!

Yorpap
Yorpap
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

do they deduct the amount of the hours you are spending in doha news? 🙂
Just kidding….

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  Yorpap

Haha good one! And guess what, that one is mentioned in the job description under media monitoring ;p 🙂 🙂

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

I’ve been getting a lot of hits from recruitment firms and it’s obvious that Qatar is falling well behind the game on salary packages that adequately compensate for the expense and privations of being here.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I guess the answers depends on whom you ask what they consider the most important “skill”

Indian – Any Indian
Egyptian – Any Egyptian
Sundanese – Any Sudanese
Keralite – Any Keralite

Michkey
Michkey
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Isn’t Keralite part of India? Or is it?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Michkey

I allow the Indians to respond on this one. (Except for those who think they outed me as an Indian….lol)

Zaheer
Zaheer
6 years ago
Reply to  Michkey

Only if they answer India .. when they are asked ….where are they from ..until then Kerala is a country.

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