52% of GCC residents believe localisation efforts by local governments are effective: Bayt.com

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Bayt.com poll reveals that 52% of GCC residents believe that localisation efforts by local governments are effective

23.5% believe that nationals need better educational and vocational training facilities

A Nationalization in the GCC  poll conducted by Bayt.com, the region’s number one job site, reveals that GCC nationals feel they are given generous support by their governments.  According to the poll, the general perception is that national citizens are given “very much support” by the government as far as job search is concerned as stated by 42 percent of respondents, with only 26 percent claiming nationals receive no support. Some 35.6 percent claim they believe the government does intervene in the hiring of local talent within their company, however, 42 percent state the opposite, where they claim the government does not play a part in that respect.

With regards to talent availability and ease of sourcing and hiring, almost half of the respondents (52 percent) feel it is easy for employers to source national talent. Moreover, when compared to expatriates, respondents believe that national citizens receive better pay (46 percent), receive more support from the government (23 percent), and are promoted faster (11 percent). Only 11 percent believe that local talents are paid less than their expat counterparts. Most local talents are employed in sales and marketing (33 percent) or IT departments (21 percent), with the majority holding supervisory (31 percent) or managerial (25 percent) positions. Less than a quarter of them (22 percent) occupy entry level positions, and 5 percent are in their company’s C-level roles.

Over a third of the poll’s respondents (36 percent) believe that the best way to find national talent is through dedicated regional job-sites. Social media is also a popular method for finding national employees (24 percent), as are university career fairs (12.3 percent). On the other hand, newspaper ads (7 percent), alumni centers (6 percent) and local job fairs (7 percent), as well as some of the dedicated local government sites are seen as less effective for discovering local talent.

“At Bayt.com we have been assisting corporations in the GCC large and small, both local and international, to meet their nationalizations targets for the better part of the last decade. Most of the region’s top employers whom we liaise with on a daily basis are already actively mobilized to source, attract and retain national talent across career levels and job roles and this initiative should serve in effect to give their nationalization targets and activities extra impetus, momentum, direction and drive. In the GCC in particular, Bayt.com’s online recruitment platform has facilitated the entire process of meeting nationalization objectives and targets pan-industrially by making it faster, easier and more efficient to source top national talent across career levels. We liaise very closely with each country’s universities and top employers alike to ensure our recruitment platform readily accommodates local recruitment targets from the internship and fresh graduate stage through to mid-management and senior managerial level roles and requirements.” — Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com

More than half of the companies based in the GCC (52 percent) have firm policies for hiring nationals, as opposed to the 32 percent that don’t (16 percent of respondents did not know whether or not their companies have firm policies). Yet, the results of the poll show that the number of nationals working in companies varies widely, with 37 percent claiming that local talent makes up 0-5 percent of their workforce, and 18 percent stating that their company comprises of 75-100 percent nationals.  The biggest issues relating to hiring local talent are seen to be perceptions they may want less hours or more pay (39 percent); and perceptions they may be relatively less competitive when it comes to training and experience (14.5 percent), as well as perceptions they may favor a select few limited industries for employment purposes (10 percent).

When asked whether they believe that the current workplace localization policies in their country are effective, half of polled professionals think they are effective indeed: 22 percent responded with ‘yes, very’, and 28 percent stated ‘yes, to an extent.’ However, 14 percent claim that the policies are ‘not effective at all’, and 16 percent believe that they are ‘not very effective’.

Respondents feel that hiring levels for national talents could be most improved if nationals had access to better educational and vocational training facilities (24 percent), if there were better coordination between the government and the private sector (22 percent), or if there were better incentives for the private sector from the government (16 percent) and better coordination between educational institutes and companies (15 percent).

Data for the Bayt.com “Nationalization in the GCC” poll was collected online from March 15 – May 2, with 2,213 respondents covering six GCC countries.


Bayt.com infographic on Nationalization
Bayt.com Nationalization infographic
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