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Posted On: 21 August 2013 05:37 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Hiring spree over mega infrastructure projects

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Given the upcoming mega infrastructure projects and construction boom in Qatar, over 60 percent of the Qatari companies have gone on a hiring spree. Candidates with an Engineering degree is the most desirable qualification for employers (35 percent job vacancies for engineers), followed by business management and administration with 29 and 25 percent, respectively, according to the latest and YouGov survey. Nearly 37 percent of the respondents claim to be ‘definitely hiring’ within this time frame, with 62 percent of companies expecting to fill up to 10 positions — down 10 percent from Q1 2013. Six out of 10 respondents in Qatar (63 percent) state that their company will be ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ hiring in the next three months, with 74 percent claiming the same in a year’s time from now. About 62 percent of the respondents indicate they aim to fill up to 10 positions. Of these, 25 percent claim they will look to fill between six to 10 positions. The ‘Job Index’ survey, jointly conducted by the Middle East’s leading jobsite (, and YouGov, a research and consulting organisation, has shown that more than half of the companies in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) are considering hiring in the next three months. Employers in Qatar are looking for candidates with good leadership skills (56 percent), who are team players (53 percent), and who have good communication skills in both English and Arabic (49 percent). In terms of experience, candidates who have the ability to manage a team (36 percent), and who have mid-level experience (33 percent) are desirable, as are those who have administrative and engineering experience (30 percent each). Half of respondents (46 percent) believe that the country is much more attractive as a job market than other Middle East countries. The most attractive industries in Qatar are perceived to be construction (51 percent), oil, gas and petrochemicals (49 percent), and banking and finance (35 percent). The Peninsula