Job Satisfaction in the UAE

 

 

 

 

We would really like to hear what you have,,, how is it in your job?

How satisfied are you with your job?

Have you ever observed any discrimination at work?

Do you have any stories, examples, thanks, or complains about your organization?

We are waiting for your words,,,

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Job dissatisfaction increases in the Arabian Gulf

A study was taken the opinions of the staff numbered 15 thousand employees in the six GCC countries across 20 different sectors including the automotive, financial, advertising and technical information, and medicines.

 

 

Results:

 

 

Salary increases and cost of living

The annual increase in salaries in the region was with an average increase of 16% in Qatar, and 17% in the UAE and Bahrain, while Saudi Arabia was the lowest average increase in the region increased by 12% ».

The study confirmed that the sharp rise in living costs often exceeded the increase in salaries in the GCC and across sectors. The significant increase in the average living costs was in 38% Qatar, while in Dubai it was 37%, representing a gap of 20% between the increase in salaries and cost of living.

 

 

Turnovers and moves


*From the living aspect

The widening gap between the increase in salaries and the high cost of living lead the people to think of moving. In Qatar, 50% of the participants said that the household expenses have led them to consider moving to another country or return home. The same idea expressed by 47% Omani and 32% Kuwaiti. While 37% in the UAE think of moving to another country.

 

*From the job aspect

On average, people change jobs every two years but the study found that 70% of the participants changed their work two times or more in the last five years. Also 40% of workers in the UAE said that the high costs may force them to search for a job better in the same sector, while 24% said they would consider moving to another sector. On the other hand the numbers came in Saudi Arabia, 45 and 19% respectively. And only 15% of the participants in the study in Qatar, and 20% said in Amman, they would consider changing sectors ».

 

Attract staff

In addition, they found that the principle of loyalty increase when the company increase the salaries and try to reduce the gap between incomes and living expenses for the staff.

 

 

 

To conclude

The study revealed that the high cost of living in the Gulf states, and a falling dollar lead to an unprecedented level of dissatisfaction among staff in the area, which led to the thinking of many of them change in their organizations and to explore new job opportunities in sectors and other countries in the region and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

published in : Feb 25,2008

http://www.emaratalyoum.com/local-section/2008-02-25-1.191654

 

 

 

 

Facts about the UAE:

  • The UAE has 3.11 million foreign workers from 202 countries, employed by approximately 260,000 establishments, according to the 2007 labour report.
  • Expats make up for more than 90 per cent of the private sector labour force.

 

A recent survey was done about job satisfaction by employment site Bayt.com and research firm YouGovSiraj. The answers were collected from 9,760 respondents aged between 20 and 62 in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Pakistan.

 

UAE results were:

  • More than 73 % of the employees in the UAE are UNHAPPY with work, and only 27% of them expressed high satisfaction with their job.
  • Of all the nationalities polled, Gulf nationals appeared to be THE LEAST HAPPY, with only 26% enjoying a high level of satisfaction in their work.
  • About Work organization, 34% responded NOT satisfied when they were asked if they were happy with their “work organization.

 

Even though the study did not state the factors that influenced workers’ satisfaction levels, but some of the employees had mentioned their reasons, like Luisa who is working as a receptionist in Dubai, when she said that “her low salary and her employer’s failure to deliver its promise are turning her off”.

 

The survey result according to Bayt.com chief executive officer Rabea Ataya, are drawing picture of how different nationalities feel in their jobs and how attitudes towards the working environment change between countries. While YouGovSiraj chief executive officer Nassim Ghrayeb said that generally the companies are not going far enough to make their employees feel like valued members of the workforce.

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

Published: April 29, 2008

http://gulfnews.com/business/general/uae-s-job-satisfaction-rating-very-low-1.99982

 

 

 

 

Hi people,

 

67.7% rate of job satisfaction for local women in Abu Dhabi


A survey done by the Department of Studies in the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi, showed that the percentage of job satisfaction for the local women for their work in Abu Dhabi is around 67.7%. Abu Dhabi and the western region –Algharbia- had recorded the highest percentage which is 73%, and in Alain it decreased to 60%. Lots of reasons are causing the dissatisfaction and some of them are the competing with other nationalities and the lack of employment opportunities. But the main reason is having jobs that do not fit the qualifications. The researcher Dr. Hala Saleh said that the survey showed that 70% of the local working women are not in their specialization for example the business administration have 70%of the media graduates, 17% of the graduates of engineering and attracts 14% of the health sciences graduates.


These big numbers could mean that the first problem for the low rate of job satisfaction could be in first place working in a job that is not fitting with the study and qualification.


So don’t you think that we as an HR people can somehow control the situation by recruiting the right candidate with the matching qualification in order to make everyone happy and satisfied? 😉

 

 

 

 

 


Reference

Posted Date: April 20, 2010

http://www.emaratalyoum.com/local-section/other/2010-04-20-1.136974

 

 

Hello everyone,

 

 

78% is the rate of job satisfaction in the DED

 

According to Ali Ibrahim -General Director Deputy for Executive Affairs in the Department of Economic Development, DED is seeking to reinforce the capacity of the employees to enable them to deliver excellent performance and help in developing the department. Since “Dubai Strategic Plan” stand on achieving excellence in government through the human resources development and encouragement, beside the preparation of a comprehensive system of performance appraisal and career development. The department of Economic Affairs in DED had began using surveys to determine the overall levels of employee satisfaction, with an analysis of the main areas of improvement and access to enhance productivity and improve performance. The methodology of the survey questionnaire included five main areas which were motivation, transparency, workforce development, job satisfaction and support services. The questionnaire was distributed over 77% of the total number of staff of Department of Economic Development.

 

 

The results of the survey are:


The results of the second half of 2006 Compared to first half of 2006
Stimulation
71.5% 61.6%
Transparency 65.8% 58.9%
Workforce development 69.9% 57.4%
Job satisfaction 78% 70.4%
Support services 75.9% 64.3%

 

*The results of the job satisfaction survey in the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, for the second half of 2006 showed a noticeable improvement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more:  78% rate of job satisfaction in the economic Dubai – Al Ittihad newspaper

Posted Date: Friday, April 13, 2007

http://www.alittihad.ae/details.php?id=108135&y=2007 # ixzz19nab2sWh

 

According to Ali Ibrahim -General Director Deputy for Executive Affairs in the Department of Economic Development, DED is seeking to reinforce the capacity of the employees to enable them to deliver excellent performance and help in developing the department. Since “Dubai Strategic Plan” stand on achieving excellence in government through the human resources development and encouragement, beside the preparation of a comprehensive system of performance appraisal and career development. The department of Economic Affairs in DED had began using surveys to determine the overall levels of employee satisfaction, with an analysis of the main areas of improvement and access to enhance productivity and improve performance. The methodology of the survey questionnaire included five main areas which were motivation, transparency, workforce development, job satisfaction and support services. The questionnaire was distributed over 77% of the total number of staff of Department of Economic Development.

The results of the survey are:

The results of the second half of 2006

Compared to first half of 2006

Stimulation to

71.5%

61.6%

Transparency

65.8%

58.9%

Workforce development

69.9%

57.4%

Job satisfaction

78%

70.4%

Support services

75.9%

64.3%

*The results of the job satisfaction survey in the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, for the second half of 2006 showed a noticeable improvement.

 

 

 

 

Read more:  78% rate of job satisfaction in the economic Dubai – Al Ittihad newspaper

Posted Date: Friday, April 13, 2007

http://www.alittihad.ae/details.php?id=108135&y=2007 # ixzz19nab2sWh

The United Arab Emirates

Arabic:  دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة‎

 

 

 

 

 

 


Short name: The Emirates, local short name: Al Emarat (الامارات), is a federation situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia and sharing sea borders with Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran.


It consists of seven states, termed emirates (because they are ruled by emirs), which are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. The capital and second-largest city is Abu Dhabi, which is also the country’s center of political, industrial and cultural activities.


Before 1971, the UAE was known as the Trucial States or Trucial Oman, in reference to a 19th-century truce between the United Kingdom and several Arab Sheikhs. The name Pirate Coast was also used in reference to the area’s emirates from the 18th to the early 20th century.


The UAE’s political system, based on its 1971 Constitution, is composed of several intricately connected governing bodies. Islam is the official religion, and Arabic is the official language.


Its oil reserves are ranked as the world’s seventh-largest and the UAE possesses one of the most-developed economies in West Asia. It is the twenty-second-largest economy at market exchange rates, and has a high per capita gross domestic product (GDP), with a nominal per capita GDP of US$49,995 as per the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It is second-largest in purchasing power per capita and has a relatively high Human Development Index for the Asian continent, ranking thirty-second globally.  The UAE is classified as a high-income developing economy by the IMF.

 

The form of government used in UAE is a constitutional monarchy with a presidential system of government. It is a founding member of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, and a member state of the Arab League. It is also a member of the United Nations, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the OPEC, and the World Trade Organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Arab_Emirates

 

 

 

 

Hello people,

 

 

The benefits of employee’s contribution when they are satisfied

 

If employees are satisfied with what they got they will be willing to give more than what they had given. We found an article about a company called Costco that gives their employees’ salaries and benefits far more generous than its competitors, which lead to gain the employees loyalty toward the company and they never want to leave their job. They also found that the employees who had been working for the company a few years ago receives $40,000 a year along with health insurance and a generous 401K plan.”Providing good wages and benefits creates a better work relationship and people respond better when they’re treated fairly,” said John Matthews, senior VP of human resources and risk management for Costco. He also indicates that it is very important in their culture and it works well for them (Desjardins, 2005).” Costco company also gives their employees close to 95% of health insurance. “There are exceptions, but we have very few employees that walk away from it,” said Matthews. Employees are also eligible for a generous 40IK plan in which Costco contributes a percentage of an employee’s salary (Desjardins, 2005). Not only salary can satisfy employees there are other factors as well that are important to them. However, we can see like what happens in Costco, that If employees are satisfied they will work harder, accomplish more during their work, tend to reach work early, percentage of quitting jobs will be less and more people are going to apply for jobs in the company, and all of that will help the company to cut cost and compete in the market.

 

 

 

 

Resources:

Desjardins. D, (2005). Betting on Benefits. DSN Retailing Today, 44, 23-30. Retrieved November 26, 2010, from proquest.

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