Qatar leads growth in MidEast job opportunities

Monster Employment Index shows 28% growth in August while Bahrain shows 24% growth
Qatar leads growth in MidEast job opportunities
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 22 Sep 2012 10:59 AM

Qatar is currently leading Middle East growth in online job opportunities, according to the Monster Employment Index.

The index for Qatar rose 28 percent in August compared to the same month last year, with Bahrain second (24 percent).

The UAE also showed strong growth of 16 percent while Saudi Arabia was the only country covered by the index to register a net decline in opportunities over the past year.

The Monster Employment Index is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity in Middle East based on a review of tens of thousands of job opportunities culled from career websites.

The hospitality sector continued to lead all industry sectors with 40 percent annual growth while retail/trade and logistics also showed strong growth, Monster said.

Sanjay Modi, managing director, Monster.com (India/ Middle East/South East Asia), said: "While conditions have improved since 2011, recent activity indicates that employers are being cautious about growing their hiring activity.

"However, the major labour intensive sectors, especially within primary industry, exhibit robust annual growth," he said.

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