High hopes for hiring
Hopes are high that reform sweeping in the Middle East means greater focus on easing unemployment, with more pressure on the government than the private sector to ease unemployment.
April 11, 2011 12:26 by Precious de Leon
At 65.1 percent, the majority of respondents across the Middle East said they believed it was a good time to be in the region, according to “Change and Challenge in the Middle East Job Market: How is it Viewed?”
Of course looking a little closer, Kipp finds this is actually ‘satisfaction’ in varying degrees.
The online poll by Bayt.com asked respondents whether they believed it was a good time to live and work in the Middle East. The response was positive with 42.2 percent saying it was a better time than ever before while 22.9 percent saying it was as good a time. Nearly a quarter (24.9 percent) saying it was not a good time.
Forecast for economic improvements
When it came to expectations of economic improvements from the recent regional political changes, it wasn’t so surprising that post-revolution Egypt was the most optimistic with 56 percent saying they definitely expected improvements.
Overall, in the region the sentiment was also similar although less pronounced with 50 percent of saying yes and 15 percent saying no, which Kipp suspects comes down to having a lot of hope that things will have to get better.
Pointing the unemployed finger at the government
When asked where responsibility for unemployment in their countries mostly lied, the majority 47.1 percent blamed the government. Only 7.3 percent pointed a finger at the private sector while 5.2 percent blamed the education sector and 6.3 percent said it’s the responsibility of individuals themselves.