What do UAE hospitality jobseekers look for?

Published: 28 November 2019 - 5:45 a.m.
By: Josh Corder

Hospitality jobseekers' main priority isn't salary according to a survey conducted by CatererGlobal.com. A total of 3,000 professionals were surveyed on their main motivators for a job, with salary being one of the least common answers.

The professionals, 58% of who were from the Middle East region, were surveyed for the jobseeker trends in the region.

For jobseekers considering a new role 52% said ‘career progress and improvement’ were the most important factors. This was followed by ‘work-life balance’ with 12% and salary with 7.5%. ‘Training and development’ also received 7.5% as the most important motivator.

On the recruiter side of things, 30% of recruiters voted salary was the most important factor.

The report also found that 95% of those participating would be happy to move country for their jobs, though 51% put the UAE as their preferred place to work.

CatererGlobal.com global sales manager, Jeremy Vercoe, said: “These figures clearly back the assertion that hospitality professionals are career minded individuals – and that we are operating in a candidate-led market. Strikingly, work-life balance is ranked as the second most important factor for jobseekers – before salary and job training & development; other benefits such as pension, holiday and bonuses mattered even less. The takeaway for the employer here is clear: ensure you reflect these points in your job advertising and at interview stage. There is little value in highlighting days holiday per year when what the candidate is interested in is flexible working, for example.”

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