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Survey: Qatar firms more keen to hire employees in coming quarter

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Qatar’s job market appears to be gaining strength, with more than 40 percent of employers recently surveyed saying they definitely planned to hire more staff in the coming three months.

According to the latest edition of the Middle East and North Africa Job Index Survey, conducted by recruitment agency Bayt.com and polling agency YouGov, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of firms in Qatar said they would be taking on new employees, with 44 percent “definitely” hiring and 18 percent probably hiring.

The responses were more favorable now than than in August, when some 37 percent of firms said they would definitely be taking on new staff in the final quarter of 2014.

While Qatar’s showing is strong, Oman is leading the pack in the GCC, with 46 percent of firms there saying they were definitely hiring in the coming months. A further 23 percent said they were “probably” recruiting, with a total of 69 percent of companies planning to recruit during this quarter.

Firms hiring in coming 3 months
Firms hiring in coming 3 months

Across the GCC, just over a third (37 percent) of firms said they would take on new staff in the next few months.

Looking ahead

When it comes to recruiting for the rest of the year, some 67 percent of Qatar firms said they would hire – of those, 37 percent said “definitely” and a further 30 percent said “probably.”

Again, Oman firms voiced greater commitment to new hires with a total of 74 percent saying they would recruit (43 percent “definitely,” 31 percent “probably”), while Saudi Arabia was just behind with 38 percent of firms definitely hiring and 33 percent probably hiring.

The index is undertaken twice a year by Bayt and YouGov, charting the trends of hiring across the region and examining the skills and qualifications sought after by employers.

Construction in Qatar
Construction in Qatar

In line with Qatar’s massive ongoing construction boom, civil engineers (19 percent) are the profession most desired by companies currently planning to hire, while executive assistants are sought after by 17 percent of firms.

This follows the trend previously identified by QNB in a report published in September last year, when it predicted that more white-collar workers would be brought on board as part of a recruitment drive.

Among the key skills demanded by Qatar’s employers are good communication in Arabic and English (58 percent) and being a team player (51 percent). Nearly half of bosses (49 percent) want new staff who have the ability to manage teams.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Despite Qatar companies’ cited intentions to hire new staff, employees don’t appear to perceive the nation as having a stronger job market than elsewhere in the region.

One third of survey respondents in Qatar said they felt the country had a “much more” attractive job market than other MENA countries.

In comparison, more than half (54 percent) of those working in the UAE, and 43 percent of Saudi employees, thought their country had a more attractive job market.

The survey took the views of a total of 2,694 respondents between Dec. 11, 2014 and Jan. 20 this year.

How do you feel about Qatar’s job market? Thoughts?

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Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago

Would be useful if this report looked at how many people are leaving Qatar and the reasons for that. From my experience more and more people have been leaving Qatar over the last year, some back to their home countries, but many to the UAE where they have found better jobs. So a more useful statistic would be recruitment for new positions as opposed to just replacing departing staff.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

A very very salient point.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

A good point, as I noticed myself a big number of Western expats departures compared to 2012 and 2013, at least in my entourage. That said, such numbers would be very difficult to crunch and might not necessarily give you a clearer picture

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

True, always tricky do draw conclusions, but I think it’s a point that should be mentioned so that the info presented is not incomplete and misleading as I believe it currently is

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

The UAE has drained us, that’s for sure – particularly Abu Dhabi.

sicti
sicti
6 years ago

A very good reason to increase the rents by 50% :)))

Coco
Coco
6 years ago

I’ve done a survey too. It’s available for the right amount of cash. It will treat the percentages of nationalities employed in big companies around Qatar and will further develop on the idea that where there are 2-3, throngs of the same will join soon.

Mix them up as much as possible! There’s nothing wrong with this approach.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I wonder when this survey was done, jobs in Qatar are being cut by the thousands currently. O&G is hit and all government funded companies as well of which there are many. Oil down by $50 a barrel is taking billions out of the economy and budgets everywhere are being cut.

Hany Fayed
Hany Fayed
6 years ago

i dont think so u will be in a big war soon

Hany Fayed
Hany Fayed
6 years ago

war in qatar soon ——- sons of moza the pig

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