(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A majority of employers in the UAE and the Middle East are expected to hire more people in the next three months, according to a latest job survey.
The majority of jobs across the region, both in the next three months and in a year's time, will come from multinationals or large local companies, according to the study.
The latest Job Index survey, conducted by jobsite Bayt.com and research firm YouGov, has shown that more than half of the region's employers (53 per cent) are either "definitely" or "probably" hiring in the next three months.
The same 53 per cent employers in the UAE will "definitely" or "probably" hire in the next three months, while 29 per cent will "definitely" hire within a year, the survey claimed.
The findings show a healthy expectancy for the number of available jobs to increase in the coming quarter and in the next 12 months. Most of these jobs will come from multinational companies - 34 per cent of which are looking to hire in the next three months, and 35 per cent in a year's time.
"This suggests that making conditions more favourable for such companies will prove even more beneficial to the Middle East's economic and employment situation" Bayt.com vice-president of sales Suhail Masri said.
Of those companies in the Middle East looking to hire in the next three months, most (45 per cent) will have less than five positions available. Roughly a quarter (24 per cent) will have up to 10 jobs available. The most sought-after employees will be those at a junior executive level (36 per cent), followed by executives (30 per cent), coordinators (26 per cent) and senior executives (25 per cent).
The region's most desirable graduate/post-graduate qualification is in business management, according to 25 per cent of the survey's respondents. This is closely followed by engineering (24 per cent), commerce (22 per cent) and computer science (21 per cent).
Job seekers in the UAE will have the best chance of being hired with qualifications in engineering (27 per cent), business management (22 per cent) or commerce (20 per cent).
Fifty per cent of employers across the region are looking for candidates who are cooperative, helpful and flexible team players, and who have good communication skills in English and Arabic (50 per cent). The most desirable experience is managerial, with the ability to manage a team (37 per cent), followed by computer skills (32 per cent).
UAE-based employers also value the same skills (49 per cent look for team player qualities; 48 per cent want good communicators). They also search for candidates with managerial experience (35 per cent) mid-level experience of three to seven years (27 per cent) and engineering experience (27 per cent).
"Though there seems to be a general level of contentment with current countries of residence and industries, it would appear that there is the potential for more people than ever to consider their options elsewhere in the region," YouGov CEO Sundip Chahal said.