Just three months to find a new job in Middle East: survey

Eight out of 10 job seekers are hoping employment opportunities in the Middle East will get better in the next six months, according to a survey.

Michael Page Middle East, in its Q1 job market report, said 78 percent of the 3,400 respondents were optimistic of a better job market with 82 percent expecting less than three months required to find a new job.

Sixty percent of the survey takers said they remained positive about the job market, as 67 percent said oil prices had “neutral to extremely negative” impact in their activities.

According to the survey, 48 percent said they were looking to change jobs for better salary, while 45 percent said they seeking to switchover as they wanted to develop new skills. Thirty-eight percent put better work life balance has their reason for switching jobs with only 37 percent admitting they simply wanted to move from their existing workplace.

Nearly 66 percent of the respondents said they were working in the Middle East as the region offered better career opportunities. Forty-eight percent acknowledged they were living here to make money, while 41 percent claimed high standard of living as the reason to live in the region, the survey added.

“The job market survey gives us the opportunity to track, follow and communicate candidate’s attitudes and motivations, every quarter. Our region continues to evolve and change affecting the volume and quality of employment opportunities,” said Leith Ramsay, managing director, Michael Page Middle East.

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