Not just tax free salaries needed to work in Qatar

Jostling for jobs by skilled workers is starting to heat up in Qatar

NEWS, Business, Employees, Remuneration, Skills shortage

According to Gulf Recruitment director, Steve Freed, as infrastructure projects ramp-up in Qatar, the jostling for jobs by skilled workers is starting to heat up and, if reports are accurate, the trend will continue for at least the next three years.

However, in the United Arab Emirates, for example, securing work has become particularly challenging for skilled expatriates.

“At present it’s still a client-driven market,” he said and added, “When I was in London, an ad for a mid- to senior-level position could expect to get 50 to 60 applicants. Here it’s 1,000.”

While the draw of a tax-free remuneration serves as a driver, of particular concern to high-skilled expats is the availability of private schools.

Demand has more than tripled at some of the more prestigious schools since 2010, local Doha News reported earlier this year; institutions have responded by raising school fees and upping admission requirements.

With less than ideal working and living conditions, highly-skilled expats will have to be lured by more than substantial compensation packages to make up for the nation’s high living costs and lack of amenities. It will mean that employers will have to be more creative in enticing the required skills as, according to Freed, offering a high premium on salaries to attract the best workers may not be the only resource open to potential employers as the recruitment companies try to fill the skills gap.

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