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UAE struggling to find the right people

2016-05-11


According to the Menafn report, employers in the UAE are struggling to find the right people to fill in positions said the findings of a recent survey. The Bayt.com and YouGov survey which was conducted among 352 UAE employers showed that only 16 per cent of companies are searching for new employees mostly for entry-level positions with only 3 per cent searching for director-level candidates.

Data from the ‘Skills Gap in the Middle East and North Africa’ survey revealed that with such limited hiring demand it remains a challenging task to find employees with the required skill sets. In fact 57 per cent of employers interviewed said finding the right candidates for senior positions is difficult while 43 per cent reported difficulties hiring for junior positions.

Critical thinking adaptability and managing multiple priorities and creative thinking were seen as the hardest skills to find at a senior level the survey further suggested. Suhail Masri vice-president of Employer Solutions at Bayt.com commented: "It is really interesting that the skills gap in the Middle East is not one of technical skills but of soft skills."

He stressed that work history educati and credentials are not the only pointers to professional leadership. "It is well-thought-out intelligent and original content related to areas of interest and expertise that can make people shine" Masri said. UAE job seekers however had a different perception as they generally regarded themselves obtaining a high degree of competency across most skills.

But with the general positive view almost 59 per cent of job seekers interviewed said securing a job is not easy. Half of the respondents noted that companies should provide enough training opportunities to solve the skills gap crisis.

"In today's dynamic and ever-evolving job market candidates need to be constantly looking for new ways to enhance their skills in order to differentiate themselves optimise their profile and effectively navigate complex work environments" said Joao Neves senior research director at YouGov.

He added: "Ideally to maximise the impact of their efforts industry leaders educational institutions and governments should work together to provide job seekers with clear guidance on future growth areas in the region and most desirable skills to succeed."