47% in GCC want to change their jobs

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47% of respondents to a GCC regional survey by Bayt.com and Yougov claim to be considering an industry change this year, with Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals being the industry most appealing due to higher salaries being offered.

The main reasons for people seeking a change of career was higher salary followed by better career growth prospects. New graduates favour banking and finance for this reason.

Of the Bahraini respondents to the survey: 47% said they were satisfied with their industry 34% said they are somewhat dissatisfied, and 21% said they were neither dissatisfied nor satisfied.

Suhail Masri, Vice President of Employer Solutions at Bayt.com, said: “It is eye-opening to find out which industries the region’s professionals favour working in, as it is easy to rely on false impressions. More and more professionals are becoming satisfied with their job attributes, be it training opportunities or compensation or work culture. Yet, many are on the lookout for new and better career opportunities.”

“Respondents are evidently keen to find and maintain career opportunities that satisfy their professional and personal needs,” said Elissavet Vraka, Research Manager, YouGov.

“This is why this survey is so insightful; it provides all professionals in the MENA region with more direction, as to which job attributes are valued the most and which fields of work are excelling in providing them,” he said.

The survey was conducted between February 23 and March 7 and a total of 7,162 respondents from the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia participated.

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