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Are UAE expats still job hopping?

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Not too long ago, it was probably easy to spot a job-hopper, but it looks like times are changing.

With employment opportunities getting scarce these days, a growing number of employees in the UAE are opting to commit to their current employer for the long haul, a new study suggests.

Hays, a leading global professional recruiting group, has polled more than 1,500 workers in the UAE to see if the majority of the country's population are still changing jobs too often.

The results of the study indicate that changing the work scenery frequently may have become a thing of the past, with nearly every employed person in the country, or 94 per cent of the respondents, said they want to stick with a company for at least three years.

That's a huge change from the previous survey in November 2014, when 78 per cent of the respondents said they anticipated switching jobs in the coming year.

Among those who believe in job longevity, under 47 per cent said they plan on staying in their jobs for five years or more, while 53 per cent said they see themselves working for the same organisation for three to five years.

Only a small number, 6 per cent, are keen on looking for new job opportunities every year or two.

Recruiting experts said the decline in the number of employees wandering between jobs may have something to do with the fact that there's been a slowdown in hiring.

''In November, there were already enough warning signs about the short-term health of the economy to make some people more cautious about starting a job search. What we are seeing right now is that those people who are in an interview process to move jobs are being more inquisitive about the hiring company,'' Chris Greaves, Hays managing director, told Gulf News.

With job loyalty on the rise, Hays said employers should look after their staff, citing that ''loyalty and continuous skills and career development should be mutually inclusive.''

''The survey suggests despite the transient nature of the UAE, stability, security and loyalty are important for employees here'' said Greaves.

''Given these results, it's up to employers to ensure they create the environment in which employees can remain. After all, people want to stay with their employer long term, but they also want their careers to continue to develop and thrive.

''This means employers need to provide all staff with ongoing training and development, regular reviews and promotional opportunities. They also need to deliver what they promised in the recruitment process so that the reality of working at their organisation matches what they promoted when they were attracting top talent.''

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Source: Cleofe Maceda, Senior Web Reporter, gulfnews.comGN