According to a recent research conducted by GulfTalent.com, UAE university graduates prefer to work in the public sector rather than private firms.
The study which was conducted in association with 10 leading universities of the UAE, found that 86% of Emirati male graduates and 66% of females prefer to work in the government sector upon graduation. Multinationals were ranked second as the preferred option, while private companies in the UAE were the least preferred exhibiting the lowest stats of preference (4% of males and 10% of females).
Upon investigation, the study revealed the causes for the inclination towards the government sector as higher salary and benefits, better working conditions and greater job security. The study also revealed that the UAE students displayed their comfort of working in an environment that was predominantly Emirati. While they showed no hesitance in working with individuals of different nationalities, the similarities in culture, behaviour and habits prompted them to align towards government firms with majority Emiratis.
The top 5 firms of choice were revealed to be Mubadala, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar (also a subsidiary of Mubadala), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
Minimum salary expectations cited by the respondents were Dhs 27,000 per month (including allowances) for males and Dhs 19,000 for females.
In the attempts to make the private sector as attractive, the UAE government is seeking to implement a range of measures. These reportedly include subsidizing the salaries of citizens employed in the private sector, adjusting private sector working hours and days, an to boost job steps to boost security for Emiratis in the private sector.