Almost all young people in the MENA region share the same concern: they want to find a job after they graduate. The concern is heightened by the fact that there is great demand but not enough jobs available in countries in the region.
A study released Monday by Bayt.com explores the many different steps that job seekers follow to find their ideal opportunity. The results of the Job Seeker Journey in the Middle East and North Africa revealed that nearly all respondents (95.5 per cent) said they use online job sites to find and apply for jobs.
Eight in ten (81.1 per cent) said job sites are an easy and user-friendly way to apply for jobs, compared to only 7.4 per cent who disagreed. 11.5 per cent of job seekers were neutral in response to this question.
“Further, the majority (83.4 per cent) of respondents also agreed that they can find many relevant jobs online related to their background and experience, while 7.7 per cent of respondents were neutral in response to this statement and only 8.9 per cent disagreed,” according to the poll.
When asked why such sites are so effective, nearly two-thirds (66.2 percent) of respondents said online job sites are useful because they “group all available jobs into one easy to access place”. In addition, more than one in five (22.2 per cent) respondents said online job sites help job seekers “improve their CV and professional profile”, allow job seekers to “track their application” and “provide them with “job alerts”.
“As the leading job site in the Middle East, it is important for us to regularly conduct thorough research regarding job seekers’ opinions and experiences and share that information with the region. The Job Seeker Journey in the Middle East and North Africa poll has allowed us to collate highly useful data on the way job seekers go about applying for new career opportunities. For instance, the majority of respondents believe online job sites, such as Bayt.com, to be very effective, user-friendly and easy for finding and applying for jobs,” said Suhail Masri, Vice President of Employer Solutions, Bayt.com.
When it comes to looking at how often job seekers search for jobs online, more than seven in ten (71.8 per cent) respondents claimed they search on a daily basis, while 16.5 per cent said they look for jobs two to three times per week and 6.9 per cent look only a few times a month.
More than half of all job seekers (56.9 per cent) also claimed that they wait up to one week before applying for a different job, whereas 23.5 per cent of them said that they don’t wait at all.
Discussing the favourite device used by job seekers, the majority (81.6 per cent) of respondents said that they prefer a desktop or a laptop computer, followed by 13.5 per cent who prefer to use a smartphone or a tablet and 4.9 per cent who claimed that they have no device preference.
However, when applying for jobs, 61.6 per cent of respondents said they like having a job search mobile app, because they can “search and apply for jobs on the go”. Meanwhile, 25.4 per cent agreed and added that such an app gives them “24/7 access to their application status”, “sends them job alerts” and is “easier and more efficient to use”.
The poll results are based on a sample of 9,481 respondents from the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Iraq and other countries.