Posted on March 19, 2018

The Bayt.com ‘Jobseeker Confidence Survey,’ revealed that a large majority (82.8%) of job seekers who provided an answer expect business conditions in Qatar to ‘improve’ in a year’s time. When it came to current business conditions, almost three quarters (73%) of job seekers thought they are ‘average’, ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

Job seekers have largely positive perceptions of future economic conditions. According to the survey, three quarters (74.7%) Qatar job seekers who responded to this question said they expect their country’s economy to ‘improve’ within the next six months. In regards to availability of jobs in Qatar, more than eight in 10 job seekers (83.9%) who answered this question believe the availability of jobs will ‘increase’ (49.4%) or maintain the same level (34.5%) in the next six months. What’s more, over half (55%) of job seekers are either ‘somewhat hopeful’ or ‘very hopeful’ that they will find their ideal job in the next six months. 20% of job seekers were neutral in response to this question.

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The survey, administered by Bayt.com, the Middle East’s #1 job site, and YouGov, global online market research company, aims to gauge perceptions and attitudes of job seekers regarding the job hunt. The positive findings of this year’s job seeker confidence index are also echoed in the Bayt.com Middle East Job Index, which showed that nearly nine in 10 companies across the MENA region will be hiring over the next 12 months.

Expectations for Personal Conditions

Even at the personal level, a large majority (94.2%) of job seekers in Qatar who provided an answer said they expect their personal financial position to ‘improve’ or at least ‘remain the same’ in the next six months. Likewise, 91.3% of job seekers who responded to the survey question on career growth said they expect their career growth opportunities to either improve or maintain the same level in the next six months. Currently, less than three in 10 (29%) Qatar respondents are dissatisfied with their career growth opportunities.

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“At Bayt.com, we work to support all professionals, job seekers and employers alike, in their efforts to overcome any economic changes and to make room for improvements in their careers,” said Suhail Masri, Vice President of Employer Solutions, Bayt.com. “We are proud to be able to provide tens of thousands of jobs on a daily basis and to connect many companies and organizations to our database of more than 31 million CVs.” “Jobseeker confidence is a measure of the economic wellbeing of a country, and a reflection of job satisfaction levels and expectations based on a variety of key economic factors. Therefore, by conducting this survey, we gain insights into the influences that could help forecast economic trends across the region,” said Nehal Jibouri, Head of Custom Research - MENA, YouGov.

Data for the 2018 Job Seeker Confidence Survey was collected online from 18th January 2018 to 11th February 2018. Results are based on a sample of 4801 respondents from the following countries: UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, and Pakistan.

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