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More jobs in 2013

Posted by Reem Boudraa February 17, 2013 2 Comments

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If you’re optimistic about your odds of finding a job in the Middle East in 2013 then you should be, because the majority of employers will be recruiting this year. In fact,’s Job Index Survey (January 2013) shows positive expectations about job availability, hiring, and the number of employment opportunities in the coming three and 12 months.

67% of employers in the Middle East are hiring in the next 12 months

On average, 67% of employers in the Middle East are positive about hiring in the next 12 months, with respondents from KSA and Lebanon more likely to hire than others. Also, private sector Multinational Companies (MNCs) are more likely to hire in the next 3 months and in the coming 12 months followed by private sector large local companies.

Skills employers look for in 2013

Trend continues from past waves as skills that are most desirable still include good communication skills in English and Arabic, cooperativeness, trustworthiness, flexibility, and teamwork. In terms of experience, most highly regarded is the ability to manage a team, followed by computer skills, and sales and marketing.

The golden degrees

Business and Engineering still top degrees that are the most sought-after this year. In fact, the most desirable qualifications for candidates regionally are in business management, commerce, engineering, and computer science. So, if you’re an MBA graduate or an Engineer your chances at landing that perfect job in 2013 are quite high!

Recent graduates and executives at a junior level might also land their dream job this year, as 34% of employers in the Middle East said they will be providing jobs for this job level in 2013.

Most attractive industries for 2013

In terms of the most attractive industries, banking and finance, and telecommunications are considered to be the industries that are attracting and retaining the top talent in the Middle East, followed by construction and oil, gas and petrochemicals. These results are very similar to those unveiled in’s “Top Industries in the MENA region for 2012” survey.

On another note, four out of ten respondents state that their current country of residence is more attractive than others in the Middle East, with the UAE topping the list of the most attractive countries in the region, followed by Qatar and KSA.

For more stats and facts on job availability and hiring, you can download the full’s Job Index Survey (January 2013).

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Reem oversees the content creation and strategy at She loves research and reading, and enjoys writing about business and innovation.

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