Tribune News Network
The Bayt.com Middle East Job Index Survey has revealed a positive outlook for the job market in the region with the great majority (86%) of companies saying they will be hiring in the next year and nearly three quarters (73%) saying they will be hiring in the next three months.
The survey further revealed that more than four in five working respondents (81%) claim that their company has 'hired new employees in the last 12 months'.
The Bayt.com Job Index, released bi-annually and conducted by Bayt.com, the Middle East's #1 job site, and global online market research company, YouGov, is an in-depth study that tracks job availability and hiring trends in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market and provides an understanding of the required skills and qualifications.
For companies looking to hire in the next three months, more than three in four (77%) say they will be hiring for 'up to 20 jobs', 13 percent will be hiring for 'up to 100 jobs', while the remainder 10 percent are not sure how many vacancies they will have in the short term.
In the next three months, 'small/ medium local companies' in the private sector took the leading spot in terms of hiring potential, where 76 percent of them said they will be hiring. Meanwhile, industries that are most likely to hire are: 'Consumer Goods/ FMCG' (81% are planning to hire), 'Real Estate/ Construction/ Property Development' (80%) and 'Hospitality/ Recreation/ Entertainment' (78%).
Across the region, the greatest demand in the coming three months will be for 'junior executives' (44%), followed by 'executives' (28%), 'coordinators' (27%), 'managers' (23), and 'senior executives' (22%).
In regards to the specific roles companies are looking to hire in the next three months, the most commonly demanded are 'accountants' (23%), 'sales managers' (17%), 'sales executives' (17%), and 'marketing managers' (14%).