KUWAIT: The Bayt.com ‘Jobseeker Confidence Survey,’ revealed that over two thirds (67%) of job seekers who provided an answer expect business conditions in Kuwait to ‘improve’ in a year’s time. When it came to current business conditions in Kuwait, only 18% of job seekers thought they are below average. Job seekers have largely positive perceptions of future economic conditions. According to the survey, close to two thirds (63.1%) of Kuwait job seekers who responded to this question said they expect their country’s economy to ‘improve’ within the next six months,23.7% said they expect it to ‘remain the same’, and only 13.2% think it could ‘get worse’.
In regards to availability of jobs in Kuwait, nearly six in 10 (57%) job seekers are either ‘somewhat hopeful’ or ‘very hopeful’ that they will find their ideal job in the next six months. What’s more, close to half of those who answered the question (45%) believe the number of jobs available in Kuwait will increase in the next six months, one third (33%) believe it will remain the same, and only 22% believe it could decrease.
The survey, administered by Bayt.com, the Middle East’s #1 job site, and YouGov, global online market research company, aims to gauge perceptions and attitudes of jobseekers regarding the job hunt. The positive findings of this year’s job seeker confidence index are also echoed in the Bayt.com Middle East Job Index, which showed that nearly nine in 10 companies across the MENA region will be hiring over the next 12 months.
Even at the personal level, the great majority (92%) of job seekers in Kuwait who provided an answer said they expect their personal financial position to ‘improve’ or at least ‘remain the same’ in the next six months. Likewise, 88% of job seekers who responded to the survey question on career growth said they expect their career growth opportunities to either improve or maintain the same level in the next six months. Currently, three quarters (75%) of Kuwait respondents are either ‘satisfied’ or neutral towards their career growth opportunities.
“At Bayt.com, we work to support all professionals, job seekers and employers alike, in their efforts to overcome any economic changes and to make room for improvements in their careers,” said Suhail Masri, Vice President of Employer Solutions, Bayt.com. “We are proud to be able to provide tens of thousands of jobs on a daily basis and to connect many companies and organizations to our database of more than 31 million CVs.”
“Jobseeker confidence is a measure of the economic wellbeing of a country, and a reflection of job satisfaction levels and expectations based on a variety of key economic factors. Therefore, by conducting this survey, we gain insights into the influences that could help forecast economic trends across the region,” said Nehal Jibouri, Head of Custom Research – MENA, YouGov.
Data for the 2018 Job Seeker Confidence Survey was collected online from 18th January 2018 to 11th February 2018. Results are based on a sample of 4801 respondents from the following countries: UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, and Pakistan.