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Majority of UAE employees consider changing industries


Government careers seen as favourable among residents, reveals survey.

January 6, 2014 4:37 by

Nearly half (44 per cent) of UAE residents are content with the salary package offered by their current industries, while 53 per cent are dissatisfied with their ability to maintain a healthy work-life balance, according to the latest survey by and research firm YouGov.

The recent Top Industries in the Middle East and North Africa study reveals that UAE respondents consider the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry to be the most attractive and preferable for employment. The poll, which surveyed more than 7,000 respondents in the region, further adds that the government is also thought of as a favourable employer.

According to, UAE residents are generally content with the potential for career growth (with 37 per cent being satisfied), job security (46 per cent), working hours (56 per cent), and current office culture and environment (50 per cent).

One fifth of UAE respondents (19 per cent) have changed the industry they work during the past 24 months, with 57 per cent considering an industry change in the next few years. The top reasons for career changes are perceived to be better salaries (71 per cent), career growth opportunities (56 per cent) and better benefits (40 per cent).

The best salary packages in the UAE are perceived to be in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry (56 per cent). Government jobs are also seen as being the best for maintaining a good work-life balance (43 per cent), followed by the oil, gas and petrochemicals sector (33 per cent), and banking and finance (24 per cent).

Respondents believe that the most stressful industries are construction (30 per cent), banking and finance (23 per cent), advertising, media, PR, market research and publishing (16 per cent), plus oil, gas and petrochemicals (16 per cent). Construction is also considered to have the longest working hours by one third of respondents (32 per cent).

Women in the UAE are most attracted to banking and finance, according to 34 per cent of respondents, followed by education and academia (34 per cent), and healthcare, medical services and pharmaceuticals (28 per cent).

Locals are drawn predominantly to government, civil service and utilities jobs (55 per cent), the military, defence, police or security services industry (35 per cent), and the oil, gas and petrochemicals sector (29 per cent).

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