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Employment In The Middle East – Statistics and Trends [Infographic]

December 16, 2013

With 50% of employees less than 29 years old, MENA region has the highest unemployment rate of 19% in world and 66% of employees feel that their salaries are lower than those paid by other firms in the same industry. Check out our infographic “Employment In The Middle East – Statistics and Trends ” to know more about the employment industry, career opportunities,  and hiring expectancy and job trends in Middle East.

Employment In The Middle East – Statistics and Trends

Infographic by- GO-Gulf.ae

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The MENA region saw the highest unemployment rate in the world – 19%.

About 3 in 5 across GCC countries consider their governments to be very favorable employers.

Employee Demographics By Age

18-2950%
30-3933%
40-4912%
50+5%

 

Employee Demographics By Work Status

Full-time (30 or more hours)73%
Part-time (8 to 29 hours)6%
Part-time (less than 8 hours)2%
Unemployed19%

 

One in four professionals in the Middle East and North Africa claim they are new employees as they’ve worked there for less than a year.

26% of employees say they have been working for 1 to 2 years with the current employer.

Years Of Service In The Same Job

Less than 1 year20%
1 year10%
2 years16%
3 years12%
4-7 years27%
8 years or more15%

 

On average, most of the respondents have held 2 jobs over the last 5 years

Number Of Jobs Held In The Last 5 Years

127%
236%
322%
46%
53%
More than 53%

 

53% of professionals with jobs in MENA prefer a ‘100% fixed pay structure’.

Pay Structure Stats

100% fixed pay structure53%
Mix of fixed and variable structures40%
100% variable pay structure7%

 

66% of MENA employees feel that their salaries are lower than those paid by other firms in the same industry.

Preferred Industries For Employment

Banking / Finance35%
Construction32%
Telecommunication31%
Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals28%
IT25%
Consumer Goods22%
Advertising21%
Tourism/ Hospitality20%
Electronics20%
Business Consultancy18%

 

Most Common Reasons For Switching Industries

  
Better salaries39%
Better  career growth35%
Lack of recognition27%
Better job security20%
Better work culture18%
Better work-life balance maintenance14%
Lower unemployment risks14%
Flexible timings12%

 

The UAE public sector enjoys twice as many holidays as the private sector

90% of the 225,000 Emiratis workforce are employed in the public sector.

Emiratis account for only 20,000 of the four million workers in the private sector

Current Hiring Expectancy by Country

Saudi Arabia65%
Qatar63%
Kuwait60%
UAE57%
Oman56%
Jordan52%
Egypt52%
Lebanon50%
Syria46%
Bahrain38%