In the U.A.E., 44% of employed respondents are satisfied with the salary package in their current industry, while 47% are satisfied with their ability to maintain a good work-life balance. They are also generally content with the potential for career growth (with 37% being satisfied), job security (46%), working hours (56%), and training and development opportunities (40%). 50% are happy with their current work culture, which shows that the U.A.E. work environment is generally a happy one.
The best salary packages in the U.A.E. are perceived to be in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry (56%), though government, civil services and utilities careers are also seen to pay well, according to 30% of the respondents. Government jobs are also seen as being the best for maintaining a good work-life balance (43%), followed by oil, gas and petrochemicals (33%) and banking and finance (24%).
Oil, gas and petrochemicals offers the best potential for career growth according to the majority of respondents (44%), with banking and finance coming second (26%). The highest levels of job security are seen to be in government positions (42%), though there is also a perceived high degree of security in oil, gas and petrochemicals (40%) and military, defence, police and security services (20%).
Respondents believe that the most stressful industries are construction (30%), banking and finance (23%), advertising, media, PR, market research and publishing (16%), and oil, gas and petrochemicals (16%). Construction is also considered to have the longest working hours, by a third of respondents (32%).
Women in the U.A.E. are most attracted to banking and finance according to 34% of respondents, followed by education and academia (34%), and healthcare, medical services and pharmaceuticals (28%). Local talent is seem to be drawn predominantly to government, civil service and utilities jobs (55%), military, defence, police or security services (35%), and oil, gas and petrochemicals (29%).
In the past year, respondents believe that the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry has seen the strongest growth (34%), followed by real estate (22%), and banking and finance (21%).
According to 68% of U.A.E. respondents, the government is a favourable employer.
A fifth of U.A.E. respondents (19%) have changed the industry they work in during the last 24 months, with 57% considering an industry change in the next few years. Oil, gas and petrochemicals is the industry of choice for 22%, though government (12%) and banking and finance (9%) jobs are also popular. The top reasons for career changes are perceived better salaries (71%), career growth opportunities (56%), and better benefits (40%).
Data for the survey was collected online from November 18th-25th, 2013, with 7,370 respondents aged 18+, representing Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, KSA, Syria, Tunisia, and the U.A.E..