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 85 percent of MENA professionals would leave their jobs- here’s why

On-the-job training has proven its importance for professionals across the world and certainly for those in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, who largely agree on its many advantages.

According to a new poll by, more than 9 in 10 (91.4 per cent) respondents deliberately look for companies with clear training and development programs during their job search.

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In fact, nearly seven in 10 respondents (69.3 per cent) agree that aside from salary, what matters most to them when considering job offers is the availability of “training and development opportunities” at work. This was followed by 12.3 percent who said they care most about “work/life balance”, 10 per cent who care most about “type of work and responsibilities”, and 8.4 per cent who care most about “office environment and culture”.

Moreover, a whopping 85 per cent of respondents claim that they would leave their current job to find better training and career development opportunities in another role.

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Current Assessment

The poll found that more than three quarters (77 per cent) of respondents’ workplaces provide training and development opportunities, and 83 per cent agree that most entry-level jobs have a strong program for training and development in place for the employee. Nearly 8 in 10 respondents said they are satisfied with the available opportunities at their workplace, with over two thirds saying they are ‘very satisfied’ with this aspect.

Benefits of On-The-Job Training

Nearly two-thirds of respondents cited increased productivity as the greatest advantage, while the remaining one-third cited increased productivity in addition to increased employee satisfaction, improved employer brand and culture, and improved succession planning.

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On-The-Job Training Preferences

When asked about their expectations for on-the-job training, more than 8 in 10 respondents said that they expect their employer to have a succession or promotion plan in place for them before starting a new job. With upward mobility in mind, 88.2 per cent of MENA professionals also said that it is essential that they have a mentor or coach during their first few months at a new job.

around 80 per cent of respondents voted for job-related and technical training opportunities at work, followed by 12.2 per cent who voted for leadership development training, while th rest voted for basic soft skills development.

When it came to the most effective training approaches, 80.7 per cent of respondents said that “online courses and learning resources” are the most effective. also asked who is responsible for providing training and learning options. Two thirds of respondents  agree that it is the responsibility of the direct manager to provide on-the-job training for employees, over a quarter of respondents said it is the responsibility of the HR department, and 7 per cent said it is the responsibility of the employees themselves.

Data for the 2017 ‘On-The-Job Training in the Middle East and North Africa’ poll was collected online from September 13th 2017 to October 24th 2017. Results are based on a sample of 7,172 respondents from participating countries including UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Iraq and others.