UAE employers to start 
hiring in next quarter

DUBAI — Job seekers in the UAE are expected to get more chances in the coming months as more than 50 per cent employers in the country have plans to recruit in the next quarter, according to a new study.

By Abdul Basit

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Published: Tue 23 Aug 2011, 11:11 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:58 AM

On the same line over half of the recruiters in the Middle East also have plans to hire staff in the next quarter, according to the latest quarterly survey by job site and research firm YouGovSiraj.

In the UAE, 53 per cent of respondents expect to recruit in the next quarter while only six per cent said they would definitely not be hiring, the survey said.

“The level of regional hiring activity remains relatively encouraging given the regional economic backdrop however it is clear that in some parts of the region companies seem to be favouring a climate of cautious cost-consciousness specifically in terms of HR growth,” said Amer Zureikat, Vice President Sales,

In the UAE, only three per cent said they will not be employing in a year’s time, while 28 per cent said they would absolutely hire in a year.

In the region only five per cent of the respondents said they would definitely not be hiring in the next quarter.

A little over a quarter of the respondents (26 per cent) said they would ‘probably’ be recruiting, while 28 per cent said that their organisations would ‘definitely’ be recruiting in the next few months.

“When recruiting, the region’s organisations place much more emphasis on key skills such as fluency in the first language of the region, in addition to teamwork, personality, loyalty and honesty. By looking at the figures, it’s evident that employers will not instantly choose a candidate just based on qualifications alone,” YouGov Chief Executive Officer Sundip Chahal commented.

Overall, employers in Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Qatar seemed slightly more likely to hire than others, with 33 per cent and 31 per cent respectively saying that their organisations will “definitely” be recruiting new staff in the next quarter.

When respondents were asked how many job positions their organisations would fill in the next three months, 45 per cent said that less than five jobs would be available, while 23 per cent said that between six and ten jobs would be available in the coming quarter.

‘Being able to communicate in both English and Arabic’ is considered a desirable trait that employers look for when selecting new staff according to the study.

Over half (59 per cent) of the respondents agreed this is what they look for most in a potential new employee. Being a ‘cooperative, flexible, and helpful team player’ is also a clear priority for the region’s organisations; as 48 per cent stated it being as a necessary characteristic.

‘Overall personality and demeanour’ was also cited an appreciated attribute by 44 per cent of the survey’s respondents, and 41 per cent claimed that being ‘trustworthy and honest’ are extremely essential qualities as well.

Data was collected online between the 11th of July and the 9th of August 2011, with 4,560 respondents from the UAE, KSA, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Males and females aged over 18 years old, of all nationalities, were included in the survey.


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