I hate my job
A new survey on working women by Bayt and YouGovSiraj finds that almost 40 percent of GCC nationals are dissatisfied with their jobs
August 13, 2008 1:00 by kippreport
41 percent of working women in the MENA region feel that they have a lower chance of being promoted than their male colleagues, and nearly half of them feel that they receive less pay than their male counterparts. That’s according to a study conducted by job site Bayt.com along with research specialists YouGovSiraj. The online survey collected information from more than 2,600 women across the region.
The study also reports a few more dismal figures – nearly 30 percent said that they were dissatisfied with their jobs and the study found GCC nationals leading the list.
Looking at the strong drives of nationalisation going on in the UAE, Oman and Kuwait, one can’t help but wonder why; nationals are generally given priority in government jobs, and in the private sector they are starting to get preference. During the Careers UAE exhibition earlier this year, more than 60 percent of the companies which participated were from the private sector.
According to the survey, government and semi-government jobs are best in terms of pay equality between men and women. And of all the nationalities surveyed, GCC nationals were also given the most training opportunities. The study also says that around 75 percent of GCC nationals took up a job for a sense of achievement.