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Work from office or work from home? Find out what UAE professionals prefer

While UAE has been experiencing a positive hiring sentiment, companies are seeking applicants to fill executive or strategic positions

As per a new survey, the majority of professionals in UAE now prefer to work either in a hybrid environment or in a remote setting.

According to a report by recruitment forum Michael Page, 66% of the 2,000 employees and job hopefuls surveyed in UAE are currently seeking “part or full-time remote” employment. These respondents also rate two days’ work from home in a week as an ideal situation.

Over half of the respondents indicated that they prefer to work remotely occasionally or constantly.

Three days in the office and two days at home are preferred by almost four out of ten respondents (36%), whereas remote working got a thumbs up from nearly a third (27%). Also, 21% think working from home once a week is a good idea.

While UAE has been experiencing a positive hiring sentiment, companies are seeking applicants to fill executive or strategic positions.

According to Jon Edie, regional director for the UAE at Page Group, “organizations have shifted up a gear and their appetite to invest in attracting top talent increased significantly. This is based on market confidence and… more aggressive growth and diversification plans.”

The research covered industries such as banking and financial services, real estate and construction, oil and gas, procurement and supply chain, engineering and manufacturing, healthcare, and life sciences.

Professionals in the UAE continue to respect job stability as well.

Most respondents (76%) indicated that they would prefer a permanent position when asked what kind of contract they are ready to consider for their next job. However, only 27% of respondents stated they would be content in any situation, while 19% preferred temporary or fixed-term employment.

Around 44% of respondents stated they prefer working for middle-sized businesses, while 42% said they would be interested in working for large corporations. Only 9% of respondents stated they chose to work for small companies.

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