1,200+ GCC workers say construction is 'stressful'

Up to 1,185 respondents to a survey of 4,390 claim construction entails the longest working hours, with 48% of those respondents based in Qatar alone

GCC industry professionals believe construction entails the longest working hours. [Representational image]
GCC industry professionals believe construction entails the longest working hours. [Representational image]

Up to 28% of 4,390 respondents to a survey claim construction is a stressful job.

This group of 28% is based in the GCC. 

According to the findings of Top Industries Survey January 2016, 1,185 respondents (27%) claim construction jobs entail the longest working hours, followed by military and security (25%), and healthcare (22%).

Of these 1,185 respondents, 379 are based in the GCC region, 181 (48%) of which are in Qatar alone.  

This survey was carried out by job portal Bayt.com. 

According to Construction Week's GCC Salary Survey 2015, the percentage of respondents working more than 60 hours per week has more than halved since 2014.

Only 8.5% of the total 220 respondents to the CW 2015 Salary Survey reported a working week in excess of 60 hours, compared to 20% of those questioned in 2014.

439 (10%) of the survey's respondents work within the construction industry, followed by manufacturing and engineering (9%). 

13% (570) respondents work in the construction industry from the GCC region, followed by the Levant (8%) and North Africa (5%). 

More Qatar (26%) and Oman (27%) residents believe that oil, gas, and petrochemicals is the most stressful industry to work in.

In December 2015, it was revealed that 50,000 workers in the Kingdom, the majority of them non-Saudis and in the construction sector, were hurt in work-related accidents during the first nine months of 2015.

According to Arab News, a report issued by the Kingdom's General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) states 300 Saudis have sustained work injuries during the period.

Non-Saudis represent 95% of the total injuries. 


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