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Salary no longer key to taking Gulf hospitality job - survey

Independent research involving more than 3,000 hospitality professionals has revealed key themes and challenges facing the UAE recruitment industry

Salary no longer key to taking Gulf hospitality job - survey

The research was launched at exclusive Employer Insight events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Salary is no longer a major driving force behind taking a hospitality sector job in the Middle East, according to a new survey.

Independent research involving more than 3,000 hospitality professionals has revealed key themes and challenges facing the UAE recruitment industry.

Conducted by CatererGlobal.com, the research involved 58 percent of respondents from the Middle East region.

Launched at exclusive Employer Insight events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the results showed that for jobseekers considering a new role, the results found the most important motivator to be career progression and improvement (52 percent), followed by work-life balance (12 percent).

When it came to salary, just 7.5 percent chose this as the most important motivating factor, the same percentage as those opting for training and development.

Thirty percent of recruiters believed salary to be the single most important factor, highlighting a disconnect in the importance placed on salary by either parties, the survey revealed.

The report also indicated a mobile workforce, with 95 percent indicating that they are happy to move countries for their job. Over half the respondents pinpoint the UAE as their preferred location to work in (51 percent).

Jeremy Vercoe, global sales manager, CatererGlobal.com, said:
“These figures clearly back the assertion that hospitality professionals are career minded individuals – and that we are operating in a candidate-led market. Strikingly, work-life balance is ranked as the second most important factor for jobseekers – before salary and job training and development; other benefits such as pension, holiday and bonuses mattered even less.

"The takeaway for the employer here is clear: ensure you reflect these points in your job advertising and at interview stage. There is little value in highlighting days holiday per year when what the candidate is interested in is flexible working, for example.”

In a similar study we conducted 10 years ago, 31 percent of employees had been with their employer for five years or more. In 2019, this number has dropped by nearly half, to just 16 percent.

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