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Career Plan B: Sharpen your transferable work skills

Career Plan B: Sharpen your transferable work skills

In the event of being sacked despite our willingness to be 'engaged', a lot of us fantasize about changing careers to the oil, gas and petrochem industries, says study

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…popular (17 percent), followed by IT (11 percent) and government and civil service (10 percent).

Respondents in the UAE see the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry as having the best salary packages (52 percent) and non-monetary benefits (38 percent). Following close on the heels in terms of perceived best salaries is banking and finance (22 percent), with government and civil service ranking third (20 percent). As for benefits, the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry is followed by airlines with 24 percent, and government and civil service with 23 percent.

In terms of work-life balance, oil, gas and petrochemicals continues to dominate with 29 percent saying it is the best industry in the UAE to offer this equation, government and civil service ranked second with 28 percent, followed by banking and finance with 20 percent.

Oil, gas and petrochemicals (29 percent) also seem to be hiring most in the UAE, followed by construction (28 percent) and banking and finance (17 percent).

Oil, gas and petrochemicals tops again the list, this time as the industry retaining the best talent in the UAE (37 percent) followed by airlines (20 percent) and banking and finance (18 percent).

As far as local talent is concerned, government/civil service ranks first with 24 percent saying it is most favourable and popular with local talent. Banking and finance and oil, gas and petrochemicals followed both at 9 percent.

Government jobs are considered to be extremely favourable by 50 percent of UAE-based respondents.

Data for the Bayt.com top Industries survey was collected online from November 1 – 21, 2011, with 8,664 respondents aged 18+, representing Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, KSA, Syria, Tunisia and the UAE.



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