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Kuwait employers confirm hiring in the next quarter

According to the latest MENA Job Index Survey, and YouGov, a research and consulting organization, 35 percent of companies in Kuwait are surely hiring over the next three months, with 69 percent of these looking to hire upto 10 people, mostly junior executive positions.

Apart from 35 percent of companies in Kuwait definitely hiring over the next three months, 24 percent claim that they will ‘definitely’ be hiring or ‘probably’ be hiring. About 23 percent of companies seek to fill up six to ten positions, with 45 percent being allocated for junior executive roles.

Over the next quarter, companies in Kuwait will seek Sales Managers (14 percent), Receptionists (14 percent) and project Managers (14 percent). Across the MENA region, 62 percent of firms are definitely or probably hiring in the next three months. Private multinationals are most likely to hire, while 41 percent have confirmed about their plans to hire in the next three months.

The most sought-after qualification among candidates in the MENA region is business management at graduate or post-graduate level. Most desirable qualification in Kuwait is business management, followed by engineering and administration.

Employers in Kuwait are looking for candidates who have good communication skills in Arabic and English, team players, ready to work under pressure, experience in sales and marketing and computer skills.

About 67 percent of Kuwait companies have hired new employees over the past six months in comparison to 63 percent around MENA region. About 51 percent of respondents in Kuwait agreed that Kuwait is more attractive job market than any other country in the region.

According to Suhail Al-Masri, Sales, Bayt.com, the region’s overall hiring outlook is positive over the coming three to four months. The public sector too plans to hire, with 37 percent having agreed about definitely hiring in the next quarter.

Most employers plan to hire people for junior or middle-level executive roles. The report indicates specific qualifications and skills preferred region-wide in each country, which is vital for jobseekers.

The data for the Bayt.com – MENA Job Index Survey, July 2014 was collected online from 10th July to 31st July 2014. The results reported are based on 2,279 respondents, out of which, 2001 were of working status. The countries that participated in the survey are UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

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