More than 80% expatriate employees said they were happy they had come to Qatar, according to a jobs and employment survey released yesterday.
Commissioned by tourist and residents’ website qatarvisitor.com and community portal iloveqatar.net (ILQ), the survey aimed to assess both how people found work here and how that work had changed their lives, an official said.
While 87.6% employees approved the relocation to the peninsula, more than 30% said they found work via the Internet.
On the Internet, 16.1% found jobs via job sites, 7.2% through jobs advertised directly on employers’ websites and 7.2% by uploading their resumes to websites.
Recruitment agencies accounted for a further 16.6% of positions found.
“More than a quarter of those who found work in Qatar via agencies claimed they had been illegally charged by those head-hunters,” the official said.
To the question on why people made the move to Qatar, almost half of those surveyed attributed money as the main motivating factor, while another sizeable proportion (of 28.1%) sought work in Qatar in order to experience a new culture.
A small percentage (5.3%) said they were “looking for adventure”.
About 57.2% of those surveyed had a graduate or post-graduate degree, while only 1.8% of respondents claimed no qualification at all.
Another finding showed that the majority of employees coming to Qatar experienced a sharp increase in their salary with the proportion of those earning $1,000-$2,000 a month (before relocating to Qatar) going up from 13.7% to 25.7%, while the proportion of those earning $2,001-$4,000 a month more than doubling from 12.4% to 25.7%.
The survey questioned more than 220 employees working in Qatar.
Qatar Visitor editor Philip Beech said: “We hope that the results of this survey will help give our users an idea of how to look for work in Qatar, the likelihood of finding work and also what to expect when they get here.”
“The majority of our users actually come to qatarvisitor.com looking for work,” Beech added.
ILQ official Khalifa Saleh Haroon said: “The results clearly show that there is increased usage of online portals by those seeking jobs in the Middle East. It’s undoubtedly going to increase in popularity in the future.
“Unfortunately, the results also show that there is a greater need for the regulation of employment agencies,” Saleh added.