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Working in the Gulf ‘a must’ for high flyers

Working in the Gulf is becoming a must-do for high flying professionals, according to a new report.

June 13, 2010 3:05 by

Working in the Gulf is becoming a “must-do” for a growing number of professionals, reports the National.

The paper is quoting research from The 2010 Hydrogen Global Professionals on the Move Report, which looked at the motivations of 3,155 mid to senior level professionals. The report, produced by a team from the ESCP Europe Business School, revealed a readiness by the majority of respondents to work abroad. The US, UK and Australia were the top three destinations of choice, but Gulf countries are catching up fast, said the report.

Kirsty Edrich, the Middle East team leader at Hydrogen, a global specialist recruitment group, said “The Middle East is a dynamic, thriving region that will grow year on year. Many recognised brands and multinationals have offices here.

“The report backs up our experience: professionals feel that a temporary stint in an international region such as the Middle East will add greatly to their CV and give them the experience that perhaps staying in their home country could never offer.

“Language and cultural issues might cause them to be hesitant about the region but we are quick to advise those looking to relocate internationally that the Middle East is a key player on the international stage and not a region to be ignored.”

The average salary of those surveyed, half of whom have post graduate degrees, was $125,000.

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