5 recruitment trends we will see in Qatar in 2016
In a time of uncertainty and economic slowdown, every industry in Qatar is expected to undergo restructuring, and the construction sector is no exception. Suhail Masri, vice president of Employer Solutions at Bayt.com, summarises some recruitment trends to look forward to this year.
Today, there is an unprecedented need in Qatar to build a workforce that can support development and cope with the country’s evolving labour market needs in a period of profound economic uncertainty. Organisations large and small are stressing the importance of anticipating the needs of future skills needs to avoid skills gaps, shortages and mismatches.
Occupations are evolving as industries undergo restructuring, with some jobs disappearing and becoming obsolete, and new ones emerging, demanding opportunities for continuous acquisition of new skills and competences. Qatar’s construction industry is equally prone to these changes. Here are some recruitment trends expected to emerge in the country during 2016:
Increased demand on transferable skills
In an era of high employment turnover and mobility, transferable skills have become the arsenal that ensures employability, increases professional competitive advantage, and eases the transition into a new role. The Bayt.com Middle East Job Index survey, February 2016, has revealed that employers in Qatar are mostly looking for candidates with good communication skills in English and Arabic (63 percent), and teamwork and leadership skills (both at 55 percent).
More career changes
Professionals in Qatar feel uncertain about the future economy, and are looking at other more viable career options. According to the Bayt.com Middle East Consumer Confidence Index survey, March 2016, 40 percent of Qatar respondents believe that there are plenty of jobs available in the country, with 20 percent claiming availability across multiple industries. Good news is, 26 percent of survey respondents in Qatar expect the job availability to increase in the next few months. In fact, the job market in Qatar is expected to open up considerably in the next three to 12 months, with seven in 10 employers saying that they will likely be hiring in a year’s time, as revealed in the Bayt.com Middle East Job Index survey.
More online discussions
One of the most critical mistakes that job seekers make, according to professional respondents who took part in the January 2015 Skills and Hiring Trends in the MENA poll by Bayt.com, is not having active online conversations. In 2016, job seekers are being offered a myriad of ways to share their views and knowledge, source feedback, and discuss topics that affect their life and career. With a majority of employers sourcing talent over the Internet, companies are encouraged to build their own premium company profile on leading job sites, while job seekers are advised to create an online public profile.
More emphasis on training
Today, employees in Qatar are eager to build solid career trajectories and advance their professional development. According to the Bayt.com Career Development in the Middle East survey, January 2016, a lack of career development prospects can radically make or break employee engagement and retention. Many professionals feel their company is failing when it comes to equipping them with the learning and training opportunities needed to ensure their career growth, and this leaves employees feeling stifled in their jobs. In fact, the majority of 78 percent say that they would leave their company for better training opportunities.
More jobs by SMEs
According to the February 2016 Middle East Job Index by Bayt.com, respondents living in Qatar claim that the construction industry (52 percent) is attracting and retaining the best talents in the country. This will particularly be the case for small- and medium-sized enterprises, with 74 percent of employers in these companies planning to hire more people in a year’s time.