QATAR'S HR MAR­KET­PLACE

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BAYT.COM LISTS THE FIVE MOST NO­TICE­ABLE HR TRENDS HAP­PEN­ING RIGHT NOW IN THE COUN­TRY.

To­day there is an un­prece­dented need in Qatar to build a work­force that can sup­port de­vel­op­ment and cope with evolv­ing labour mar­ket needs in a pe­riod of pro­found eco­nomic un­cer­tainty. Or­gan­i­sa­tions, large and small, are stress­ing the im­por­tance of an­tic­i­pat­ing fu­ture skills needs to avoid skills gaps, short­ages and mis­matches. It is also widely recog­nised that oc­cu­pa­tions are evolv­ing as in­dus­tries un­dergo a pro­found re­struc­tur­ing, with some oc­cu­pa­tions dis­ap­pear­ing and be­com­ing ob­so­lete and new ones emerg­ing, de­mand­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­tin­u­ous ac­qui­si­tion of new skills and com­pe­tences. In Qatar, th­ese broad changes are man­i­fest­ing them­selves in five spe­cific trends.

More ca­reer shifts

Pro­fes­sion­als in Qatar feel un­cer­tain about the fu­ture econ­omy and are look­ing at other more vi­able ca­reer op­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the Bayt.com Mid­dle East Con­sumerCon­fi­dence In­dex sur­vey, March 2016, 40% of Qatar re­spon­dents be­lieve that there are plenty of jobs avail­able in the coun­try, with 20% claim­ing avail­abil­ity across mul­ti­ple in­dus­tries. The good news is, 26% of sur­vey re­spon­dents in Qatar ex­pect the job avail­abil­ity to in­crease in the next few months. Ac­tu­ally, the job mar­ket in Qatar is ex­pected to open up con­sid­er­ably in the next three to 12 months, with seven in 10 em­ploy­ers say­ing that they will likely be hir­ing in a year's time, as re­vealed in the Bayt.com Mid­dle East Job In­dex sur­vey, Fe­bru­ary 2016.

New ways to en­gage em­ploy­ees

Or­gan­i­sa­tions in Qatar are fo­cus­ing more and more on achiev­ing high lev­els of em­ployee en­gage­ment. The rea­son for this is sim­ple: En­gaged em­ploy­ees drive the in­no­va­tion, growth and rev­enue that com­pa­nies need in or­der to thrive. Ac­cord­ing to the Bayt.com "Em­ployee En­gage­ment in the Mid­dle East and North Africa" poll, April 2014, 82% of pro­fes­sion­als across the Mid­dle East and North Africa (MENA) re­gion feel en­gaged at work. To­day, HR man­agers are pro­mot­ing open com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels and fos­ter­ing a feel­ing of cor­po­rate cit­i­zen­ship across their or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Big data and an­a­lyt­ics

Com­pa­nies that want to gain a com­pet­i­tive edge are us­ing an­a­lyt­ics to col­lect datadriven in­sights and then tak­ing ac­tion to re­fine their re­cruit­ment, com­pen­sa­tion and re­ten­tion strate­gies. Com­pa­nies are now col­lect­ing all sorts of data that come from a va­ri­ety of sources – from per­for­mance num­bers and at­ten­dance,

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