Bank­ing jobs most pop­u­lar among GCC women, says sur­vey

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

UAE women along with their counter parts in Saudi Ara­bia, Qatar and Oman are striv­ing pro­fes­sion­ally, across key in­dus­tries, and have ex­pressed strong dis­likes for par­tic­u­lar in­dus­tries with ex­pected spe­cific dif­fi­cul­ties re­lated to (re)en­ter­ing the work­force, said Ox­ford Strate­gic Con­sult­ing in key find­ings from its re­cent GCC Em­ploy­ment Re­ports 2016 on eve of In­ter­na­tional Women's Day.

The re­port states that women demon­strated a clear pref­er­ence for work­ing in the bank­ing and fi­nance in­dus­try as well as in non-tra­di­tional roles like aero­space and HR.

Hana Al Rosta­mani, Head of Con­sumer Bank­ing, First Gulf Bank, said: "The UAE has an im­pres­sive track record of em­pow­er­ing women and en­sur­ing gen­der bal­ance in our com­mu­nity. This prin­ci­ple and those val­ues have in­spired en­ti­ties in the UAE to fol­low in the foot­steps of our lead­er­ship. At FGB, we are very com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in fi­nance and bank­ing, and I am proud to be work­ing in such a vi­tal sec­tor for our econ­omy and to make a true dif­fer­ence on a daily ba­sis and to be giv­ing back to the coun­try and the lead­ers that has given me so much as an Emi­rati fe­male."

The re­port fur­ther states that around 57 per cent of Saudi women, 43 per cent of Omani women, 33 per cent of Qatari women and 29 per cent of Emi­rati women con­sid­ered bank­ing and fi­nance to be their in­dus­try of choice com­pared with 35 per cent, 23 per cent, 20 per cent, and 11 per cent of men re­spec­tively. As for non­tra­di­tional roles, Saudi women were twice as likely than men to as­pire to a job in aero­space, and Qatari fe­males much pre­ferred work­ing in HR over male coun- ter­parts (11 per cent ver­sus one per cent).

GCC fe­male per­cep­tions of the med­i­cal in­dus­try were mixed. Qatari women were five times more likely than men to as­pire to a job in the med­i­cal in­dus­try, and fe­males in the UAE were three times as likely than males to con­sider a ca­reer in medicine. In Saudi Ara­bia, women were sig­nif­i­cantly more likely than men to want to work in a hos­pi­tal (34per cent vs. 17), yet Omani fe­males were four times less likely than male coun­ter­parts to con­sider work­ing in the med­i­cal in­dus­try.

Women held over­whelm­ingly neg­a­tive views of the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try. Saudi women were six times less likely than males to con­sider work­ing in tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity, and Omani fe­males were also sig­nif­i­cantly less likely to want to work in the in­dus­try. More­over, 29 per cent of Emi­rati fe­males and 15 per cent of Qatari fe­males ranked tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity as their least favoured in­dus­try to work in at present.

Women still ex­pect sig­nif­i­cant dif­fi­cul­ties when sourc­ing em­ploy­ment in 2016. Qatari women were sig­nif­i­cantly more pes­simistic than men about how easy it is to find a job, and they were three times more likely than men to con­sider 'not know­ing how to ap­ply for a job' to be a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fi­culty. The find­ings sug­gest that the good news is that many ob­sta­cles to in­creased fe­male em­ploy­ment in the GCC are straight­for­ward to over­come. Di­rect in­ter­ven­tions such as in­ter­view train­ing, CV work­shops and men­tor­ing can help im­prove fe­male job can­di­dates' self-es­teem and con­fi­dence. Sim­i­larly, well-de­signed job fairs and on­line por­tals can bet­ter con­nect em­ploy­ers with qual­i­fied fe­male can­di­dates. Flex­i­ble and re­mote work op­tions may of­fer some re­lief to those fe­males work­ing un­duly long hours.

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