Job Trends to Watch in 2015

With its suc­cess­ful bid for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the dra­matic in­crease in the num­ber of projects un­der­taken in the coun­try, Qatar has em­barked on an am­bi­tious pro­gramme of in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments and more jobs are ex­pected to be cre­ated in the n

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The Bayt.com Mid­dle East Job In­dex Sur­vey, July/Au­gust 2014, shows that the Qatar job mar­ket is in­deed ex­pected to open up con­sid­er­ably in the next 3-12 months, with 62% of com­pa­nies in Qatar of­fer­ing up to 10 jobs. Most of th­ese jobs will be with large or multi­na­tional pri­vate com­pa­nies, pre­sent­ing ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for pro­fes­sion­als across the in­dus­try and ca­reer level spec­trums. In fact, the sur­vey re­veals that the ma­jor­ity of jobs in Qatar will be for ju­nior ex­ec­u­tives (45%), ex­ec­u­tives (26%) and man­agers (25%). A large num­ber of Qatar com­pa­nies are also look­ing for co­or­di­na­tors (19%) and se­nior ex­ec­u­tives (15%).

When it comes to qual­i­fi­ca­tions, Qatar em­ploy­ers are es­pe­cially keen on can­di­dates with en­gi­neer­ing de­grees (34%). Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are of top ap­peal to 56% of Qatar em­ploy­ers. In terms of ex­pe­ri­ence, em­ploy­ers are look­ing for can­di­dates with a back­ground in man­age­ment (33%), en­gi­neer­ing and mid-level ex­pe­ri­ence (3-7 years), both at 32%.

The same sur­vey also shows that 51% of pro­fes­sion­als in Qatar be­lieve that their cur­rent in­dus­try is more at­trac­tive than any other. In terms of at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing top tal­ent in Qatar, the con­struc­tion in­dus­try is con­sid­ered by 60% to be the most popular. Oil, gas and petro­chem­i­cals (44%) and bank­ing and fi­nance (27%) are also per­ceived as ex­tremely popular in­dus­tries in Qatar.

Qatar res­i­dents are keen on the lo­cal job prospects, with 66% stat­ing that the coun­try is more at­trac­tive than other coun­tries in the Mid­dle East and North Africa re­gion, such as the UAE or Saudi Ara­bia.

In terms of salary packages, Doha is con­sid­ered to have the most com­pet­i­tive salaries in the re­gion ac­cord­ing to 44% of re­spon­dents in the Bayt.com Top Cities in the Mid­dle East and North Africa Sur­vey, July 2013.

On the other hand, the Bayt.com 2014 MENA Salary Sur­vey has re­vealed that six out of 10 (64%) pro­fes­sion­als in Qatar feel that their cur­rent salary is lower than that of other com­pa­nies in the same in­dus­try, with only 5% stat­ing a high level of sat­is­fac­tion with their cur­rent pay.

Ac­cord­ing to this sur­vey, a third (34%) of Qatar pro­fes­sion­als save up to 15% of their monthly per­sonal in­come; four in 10 (43%) repa­tri­ate 16% or more. 24% state that women in Qatar are paid on par with their male col­leagues, while 62% pre­fer a 100% fixed-pay struc­ture as op­posed to 34% who would opt for a par­tially-fixed struc­ture with a vari­able pay for com­mis­sions.

When asked whether salaries are in­creas­ing or de­creas­ing in their coun­try of res­i­dence, 42% of Qatar re­spon­dents said that they are in­creas­ing slightly, with an ad­di­tional 23% stat­ing they are in­creas­ing mod­er­ately. 14% state that salaries in Qatar are stay­ing the same.

Fac­tors caus­ing Qatar salaries to in­crease are con­sid­ered to be the ris­ing cost of living (59%), the eco­nomic growth (42%), and the in­tense com­pe­ti­tion for at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing top tal­ent among com­pa­nies in Qatar (22%). Rea­sons for salaries not in­creas­ing are mainly seen to be em­ployer-friendly laws (33%).

Half of Qatar pro­fes­sion­als (55%) plan to look for a bet­ter job in the same in­dus­try in the next 12 months, while 30% will look for a bet­ter job in a dif­fer­ent in­dus­try. 38% of them will look to other Mid­dle Eastern coun­tries for bet­ter jobs; maybe as a re­sult of the feel­ing that there is an ex­cess sup­ply of tal­ent in Qatar (ac­cord­ing to 20% of re­spon­dents).

In terms of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, 30% of Qatar re­spon­dents state that there are plenty of jobs avail­able across var­i­ous in­dus­tries, and 21% be­lieve that there are plenty of jobs avail­able but only across few in­dus­tries. Ac­cord­ing to the Bayt.com Con­sumer Con­fi­dence In­dex Sur­vey, March 2014, al­most 60% of all Qatar re­spon­dents ex­pect an in­crease in the num­ber of jobs in Qatar in the next few months. Only 15% ex­pect the sit­u­a­tion to re­main the same.

In terms of salary packages, Doha is con­sid­ered to have the most com­pet­i­tive salaries in the re­gion ac­cord­ing to 44% of re­spon­dents in the Bayt.com Top Cities in the Mid­dle East and North Africa Sur­vey, July 2013.

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