Emirati graduates eye $7,300 monthly salary for first job

Study finds vast majority of university leavers seek work in public sector, citing higher pay
By Daniel Shane
Mon 11 Mar 2013 02:45 PM

Emirati graduates in the UAE are seeking pay of up to
AED27,000 (US$7,300) for their first job and prefer working in the public
sector, according to the findings of a new poll.

A study by recruitment firm GulfTalent.com found 86 percent
and 66 percent of Emirati male and female graduates, respectively, favoured
conditions in the public sector, citing higher salaries and greater job
security.

Just 4 percent of male graduates and 10 percent of female
graduates claimed they wanted to work in the private sector.

The report, which was conducted in association with ten
universities in the UAE, also found that Abu Dhabi investment vehicle Mubadala
was the most popular working destination for new graduates, followed by Abu
Dhabi National Oil Company, Masdar and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation.

The only private company to make GulfTalent.com’s list of
most popular employers for Emirati graduates was advertising agency Leo
Burnett, which ranked 12. Government-owned Emirates Airline came in at 7 in the
study.

In terms of salary expectations, male Emiratis said they
expected AED27,000 per month pay for a first time job, whereas women eyed an
AED19,000 pay packet.

GulfTalent.com found that about a quarter of those Emiratis
polled saw personal connections, or ‘Wasta’, as a key factor in securing the
ideal job.

Some of the characteristics of their employer that Emiratis
deemed as a priority included a challenging and interesting work environment
(citied by 72 percent of graduates), good training and development (53 percent)
and a good public image and reputation (43 percent).

According to statistics published by the UAE’s Ministry of
Labour, more than 90 percent of the Gulf state’s 225,000 Emirati working
population are employed by government or public sector entities.

Just 22,000 UAE nationals work in the private sector, which
employ some 4m expatriates.

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