80% of Emirati graduates still seek gov't jobs - survey

New poll reveals 'remarkable resistance' to working in private sector; identifies challenge that needs addressing
By Staff writer
Fri 01 Apr 2016 12:04 AM

Eight out of ten newly graduated UAE nationals still prefer working in the government sector despite efforts to encourage more to secure jobs in the private sector, according to a new survey.

Flexible work hours, quality of medical services provided by the employer, the number of holidays, the flexibility of working from home and the overall work environment of the organisation are some of major factors that the graduates factor in while looking out for a job, the survey conducted by TASC Outsourcing revealed.

The survey revealed that 52 percent of respondents were very optimistic in finding a job after completing their education.

In terms of industry wise preference, 22 percent said they want to be employed in a government owned entity, with 12 percent seeking jobs in the Information Technology sector.

Retail and Sales, Education and Fashion were the other sectors that are of top billing among the respondents of the survey.

The survey said respondents are ambitious with 65 percent seeking managerial roles with a responsibility for a team of people.

Luke Eley, vice president of TASC Outsourcing said: "It is interesting to see how the Emirati graduate thinks and how their career aspirations are evolving. While we see great ambition among this young population... there is also a remarkable resistance among them to work in the private sector.

"There is a challenge here that needs addressing. They are very optimistic about finding a job, which is a good sign, but this is mostly in the government sector."

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