A poll among young job seekers and recent graduates in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region titled “Finding Your First Job in the Middle East and North Africa” has found more than six in 10 respondents (62.1 per cent) claimed that they can find “entry level jobs for their educational background.” Further, half of the respondents from across the MENA region (49.9 per cent) claim that entry level jobs are “widely available in the Middle East.” 18 per cent of respondents were neutral in response to this statement.
When it comes to the availability of jobs by sector, almost half of respondents claimed that “it is easier to obtain an entry level job in the Private Sector” (49.4 per cent), followed by the Public Sector (18.2 per cent), and Non-governmental Agencies (NGOs) (9.5 per cent). However, over one in five respondents claimed that there is no difference between sectors when it comes to obtaining an entry level position (22.9 per cent).
Online job sites emerged as the most popular method for finding entry level jobs in the MENA region. 78.5 per cent of job seekers use online job sites along with other channels to look for jobs and almost a quarter use online job sites exclusively (23.8 per cent). Online job sites were followed by social media (9.3 per cent), company websites (5.8 per cent), newspapers (4.5 per cent), and personal networks (1.9 per cent). More respondents agree that online job sites are “effective for finding entry level jobs.”
For young job seekers and fresh graduates, the greatest challenge for getting their career started is the high competition. 68 per cent of polled job seekers agree that “competition is higher for entry level jobs.”
The second challenge is the lack of career support from universities and schools. Nearly three quarters of respondents (74.6 per cent) claimed that they do not (or “did not” - if they’ve already graduated) receive career support from their university.
When it comes to salaries, 30.6 per cent of respondents agree that entry level jobs are “paid well in the Middle East” and 19.6 per cent were neutral. While nearly half (49.8 per cent) of respondents disagree with that statement, it is also worth noting that only 17.4 per cent of job seekers value having a “high salary” the most in an entry level job. 42.5 per cent of respondents look for “opportunities for career growth,” 21.9 per cent look for “experience relevant to their education,” and 18.2 per cent look for “reputable company / positive work culture.”
“In today’s economic climate, it is important for both prospective employees and employers to be aware of the available solutions when it comes to obtaining and creating jobs,” said Suhail Masri, Vice President of Employer Solutions, Bayt.com. “Competition for jobs has never ceased to exist, which is why job seekers are continuously encouraged to enhance their CVs and online profiles as well as utilise the most advanced tools and technologies that Bayt.com offers. We are very proud to work with over 27 million professionals and provide them with the necessary tools and support for their career search. Our aim is to empower young job seekers and graduates, whether by partnering with universities and educational institutions or directly with the job seeker, so that they can make use of the available career opportunities in their fields of interest.”