According to a recent survey by employment site Bayt.com and research firm YouGovSiraj, more than 73% of the employees in the UAE are unhappy with work, as only 27% of them expressed high satisfaction with their job. The study, conducted last month, collected answers from 9,760 respondents aged between 20 and 62 in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Pakistan.
Researchers said the UAE's job satisfaction rating was "considerably low" in the region. Lebanon and Morocco fared well, posting the highest satisfaction ratings at 36% and 35% respectively.
Of all the nationalities polled, Gulf nationals appeared to be the least happy, with only 26% enjoying a high level of satisfaction in their work. These findings show that favorable economic conditions do not always translate into employees feeling valued and/or productive.
"These figures are very telling about the current employment situation in the region, and provide an accurate picture of how not only different nationalities feel in their jobs, but how attitudes towards the working environment change between countries," said Bayt.com chief executive officer Rabea Ataya.
"This knowledge is of fundamental importance to businesses, especially in the face of increased costs of recruiting staff, compared to the actual costs of retaining them," YouGovSiraj chief executive officer Nassim Ghrayeb added.
The study did not specify the factors that influenced workers' satisfaction levels.
The UAE has 3.11 million foreign workers from 202 countries, employed by approximately 260,000 establishments, according to the 2007 labor report, and expats make up for more than 90% of the private sector labor force.
Gulfnews.com, April 29, 2008