With 50% of employees less than 29 years old, the MENA region has the highest unemployment rate of 19% in the world, and 66% of employees feel that their salaries are lower than those paid by other firms in the same industry. Check out our infographic "Employment In The Middle East – Statistics and Trends " to know more about the employment industry, career opportunities, and hiring expectancy, and job trends in the Middle East.
The MENA region saw the highest unemployment rate in the world – 19%.
About 3 in 5 across GCC countries consider their governments to be very favorable employers.
|Full-time (30 or more hours)||73%|
|Part-time (8 to 29 hours)||6%|
|Part-time (less than 8 hours)||2%|
One in four professionals in the Middle East and North Africa claim they are new employees as they’ve worked there for less than a year.
26% of employees say they have been working for 1 to 2 years with the current employer.
|Less than 1 year||20%|
|8 years or more||15%|
On average, most of the respondents have held 2 jobs over the last 5 years
|More than 5||3%|
53% of professionals with jobs in MENA prefer a ‘100% fixed pay structure’.
|100% fixed pay structure||53%|
|Mix of fixed and variable structures||40%|
|100% variable pay structure||7%|
66% of MENA employees feel that their salaries are lower than those paid by other firms in the same industry.
|Banking / Finance||35%|
|Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals||28%|
|Better career growth||35%|
|Lack of recognition||27%|
|Better job security||20%|
|Better work culture||18%|
|Better work-life balance maintenance||14%|
|Lower unemployment risks||14%|
The UAE public sector enjoys twice as many holidays as the private sector
90% of the 225,000 Emiratis workforce are employed in the public sector.
Emiratis account for only 20,000 of the four million workers in the private sector