New survey also shows a high morale and optimism among professionals in the region
More than 80 percent of professionals working in the Middle East and North Africa are planning to find a new job in 2018, according to a new survey.
The poll by job site Bayt.com showed a high morale and optimism among professionals in the region coming into 2018.
More than four in five (83.9 percent) respondents said they are feeling positive about 2018 and only 7.4 percent had a negative one.
When it came to resolutions for 2018, a large majority (82.5 percent) of respondents said they are going after a career change.
In fact, three quarters of respondents said that finding a new job is their main career resolution for the year.
Other career goals included learning new skills and pursuing higher education (9.6 percent), getting a salary raise or a promotion (5.3 percent), being more productive (4.1 percent), and starting own business (3.1 percent).
Moreover, most MENA professionals said have a positive outlook on their job hunt for 2018, with more than nine in 10 of current job seekers saying they "will find their ideal job" this year.
“It is inspiring to see that MENA professionals have a very positive attitude towards reaching their goals in the upcoming year, especially in regards to their job search and career growth aspirations,” said Suhail Masri, VP Employer Solutions, Bayt.com.
Bayt.com said it posted over 140,000 jobs last year and facilitated over 1.7 million CV searches and over 1.5 million contacts between employers and job seekers.
Data for the 2018 Bayt.com poll was collected online in December and January 2018 on a sample of 8,849 respondents.