UAE applicants more likely to land a job – but why?

July 13, 2016 4:39 pm

Have you not heard from your would-be employer about your job application yet? Don’t worry, you are not alone. 32 per cent of the job aspirants across the MENA region don’t hear back as frequently after applying to a company, a new report reveals.


Professional network LinkedIn in its 2016 MENA Talent Trends study also revealed that 31 per cent of the respondents found it more difficult to negotiate their salary and role with companies in the region compared to their global counterparts.


The study has found that nearly 53 per cent of professionals in the UAE were “actively searching” for new roles, which is significantly higher than the global average of 36 per cent.



Job aspirants in the region have many different ways to find out about a new job. While 13 per cent know it from a corporate recruiter, a quarter of them get the information from their personal networks. Meanwhile the applicants from UAE are more tech savvy. Nearly 40 per cent of the professionals in the country submit their applications through social networks and career pages of company websites. LinkedIn says this enables job aspirants from the UAE to land a job more likely than their global peers.


“The region’s job market is evolving as a result of many external socio-economic factors. In this environment, it is essential for companies to assess their recruiting strategy and ensure it is aligned with the priorities of today’s professionals,” says Ali Matar, Head of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Southern Europe, Middle East and North Africa.


After hearing about these positions, job seekers in MENA tend to not apply right away, with more than half first researching the company in detail and nearly half saying that they update their resume before applying, LinkedIn states in the study.


Interestingly, 69 per cent of the requests from candidates in the UAE on LinkedIn were made to understand the prospective companies’ culture and values.


“Investing in channels for the public to research jobs before they apply and empowering employees to contribute towards recruitment needs are particularly advantageous. Getting specific about your company’s culture and values will also meet job seekers’ desire to know more about their long-term prospects before jumping into a role,” adds Matar.


The LinkedIn study includes inputs from 3,298 LinkedIn members in the MENA region and it also surveyed more than 33,000 professionals around the world.


AMEinfo Staff
By AMEinfo Staff
AMEinfo staff members report business news and views from across the Middle East and North Africa region, and analyse global events impacting the region today.