Why UAE workers quit amid job slowdown?


Despite the employment slowdown, the number of professionals leaving their jobs is increasing in Dubai. Even though today’s labor market does not offer jobs as generously as it used to in the past, a new research tells that professionals in the UAE are still quitting their jobs.

Almost 39% of human resources (HR) directors based in the UAE said that despite the reports of job cuts and hiring freezes, the number of workers deciding to resign over the last three years has increased.

Reasons for quitting jobs

One of the main driving factors for people to work hard at their workplaces is that eventually, their employer will recognize the effort, loyalty and dedication they put into their work and elevate their career. However, career development opportunities and fair performance appraisals are something not being witnessed in the UAE. That is why almost 83% of UAE workers say that they would rather quit their current jobs and find a better opportunity elsewhere.

A survey which polled around 3,000 respondents in 13 different countries across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region conducted by Bayt.com concluded these findings.

About 38% of HR directors reckon that redundancy fears and concerns over company performance is the most common reason for employees to look for employment opportunities elsewhere. These are the finding of recruitment specialist Robert Half, which recently polled the human resources (HR) directors working in the UAE.

Poor work-life balance and stagnant career prospects are another one of the reasons for the quitting of jobs, 24% of HR directors said. Lack of remuneration or recognition and the growing dissatisfaction among employees regarding compensation packages is another driving factor.

Gareth El Mettouri, associate director at Robert Half UAE, said, “While companies are facing economic uncertainty, HR directors have noted that voluntary turnover has increased. The highest reason professionals have cited is concerns over company performance and fear of redundancy, closely followed by insufficient remuneration/recognition.

“Professionals are becoming wise to the fact that there are other opportunities around, and as such, are wanting to find opportunities that are more suited to their long-term career goals,” he further added.

Foreign workers

Among 7,700 respondents from around 20 different countries, one in every four of them would probably be quitting his/her job by next year. Only 16% of the employees see themselves staying with their current employer about ten years from now, however, by the end of 2020, two out of every three people may be leaving.

Around 71% of the people who are planning to leave said that they were not happy with the way their leadership skills were being developed. Employees who were not very loyal stated that they were being overlooked and that their leadership skills were not being fully developed.

Despite all this, the recruitment specialists predict an improvement in the hiring outlook next year. They forecast that a number of projects currently underway, such as those for Expo 2020 will open up new job opportunities for people in the UAE.

Robert Half

Robert Half – an American human resource consulting firm,  is based in Menlo Park, California. With over 400 locations worldwide it is declared as the world’s first and largest accounting and finance staffing firm.

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