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Hiring in (P)GCC Will Remain Stable

Hiring in (P)GCC Will Remain StableHiring in (P)GCC Will Remain Stable

A recent survey conducted among 176 recruiters showed only 49% of them expected new jobs to be created this year, a slight drop from the 51% of recruiters who predicted the creation of new jobs six months ago.

This is because hiring activity in the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council states (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) is expected to sustain at current levels for the next six months, reveals Naukrigulf Hiring Outlook, TradeArabia reported.

Attrition is stable with 75% employers surveyed saying that the current attrition rates are below 15% as compared to 76% in the second half of 2016. Also, 74% employers are hopeful that attrition will remain stable or reduce over the next six months as compared to 68% in the second half of 2016.

In the last six months, improvement in the talent availability was seen by 61% recruiters as compared to 60% in the second half of 2016. Around 67% of the recruiters find Asians more difficult to hire as compared to other nationalities.

Among the experience levels, recruiters find hiring candidates with 3-8 years of experience the most challenging.

Tarun Aggarwal, business head—Naukrigulf.com, said: “Recruitment activity is expected to remain stable in the coming months. We expect certain sectors like services and healthcare to increase their headcount in the first half of 2017. Overall, we are seeing a trend of reduced attrition with moderate growth in salaries. We see this as a sign of stabilization in the job market.”

According to the data, banking & financial services is the leading industry where maximum job creation is expected to happen, followed by construction and hospitality.

Around 51% recruiters expect new jobs to be created for the mid-level roles (3-8 years) while 28% are hopeful for more entry level roles (1-3 years) in the market. About 10% recruiters have predicted job opportunities at the senior level (8-15 years) in the coming months.

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