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68% of MENA firms aim to recruit in next year

New Bayt/YouGov survey also shows UAE, Qatar and Saudi at forefront of new jobs creation

68% of MENA firms aim to recruit in next year

More than two-thirds of organisations in the MENA region expect to recruit over the next 12 months, according to the results of a new survey published on Wednesday.

The new Middle East Job Index Survey, conducted by in conjunction with research specialists YouGov Siraj, also showed more than a quarter would be taking on new staff in the next quarter.

In the UAE, 32 percent of companies, an increase of five percent from the last survey, said they would "definitely" be hiring, while another 24 percent said they would "probably" be hiring.

Only five percent said they would definitely not be hiring in the next quarter.

The Middle East Job Index Survey showed that the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia are regarded as the most attractive job markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Qatar has the highest propensity to hire with 41 percent planning to recruit over the coming months.

The biggest shift in the recruitment market is in Oman where 37 percent of respondents claim to be hiring in the next quarter, much higher than in January's survey.

Just 23 percent of employers in Egypt expect to recruit in the next quarter, while Morocco showed the lowest propensity with just 20 percent.

The survey also asked employers how many jobs they will be aiming to fill in the next three months. For the most part, organisations are looking to recruit staff for less than five positions, the survey showed.

"We've found that the demand for junior level candidates from the business and finance sector is the highest in Middle East job market," said Sundip Chahal, Chief Operating Officer, YouGov Siraj.

"However this quarter, we also recorded some momentum in the senior-level recruitment that could signify job availability in the senior positions. This is definitely a figure we will be looking out for in the next quarter study."

The survey also showed that over the next 12 months, 68 percent of companies expect to hire, an increase of two percent over the last wave.

Saudi Arabia showed the highest propensity to hire over the next 12 months, followed by Qatar.

Data for the Middle East Job Index was collected online between March 30-April 17, with 4,653 executive managers and HR managers across the region taking part.

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