‘On-the-job training important for 98 per cent workers in MENA’

98 per cent of workers want training and developmentThe data was collected from respondents working in a range of industries, including oil and gas sector. (Image source: Reto Fetz/Flickr)A survey of employees in the MENA region reveals that more than 98 per cent think training opportunities at workplace are important

The survey titled Learning in the Workplace in the Middle East and North Africa was conducted by leading Middle Eastern career site bayt.com, with the results released earlier this month.

Data was collected from more than 6,600 respondents belonging to a range of different industries and age groups, from countries across the MENA region including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt and the UAE.

Of those asked, 98.2 per cent found it important to work for a company that provided learning and development opportunities, with 97.2 per cent saying they were dedicated to lifelong learning.

The figures will be particularly poignant for the oil and gas industry, where factors affecting worker retention have been playing an evermore crucial role due to the predicted ‘talent crunch’.

Suhail Masri, vice-president of sales at bayt.com, said, “With 98.2 per cent of respondents saying that learning opportunities are very important to them, our latest poll cements just how essential it is for organizations to have a systematic approach to learning.”

“Indeed, organisations that provide learning opportunities tend to have high employee motivation, productivity and loyalty,” Masri added.

Aside from the salary, the top motivators at work for respondents include having a good work-life balance (24.6 per cent), getting learning and training opportunities (24.5 per cent), besides having a good relationship their managers (17.4 per cent) and co-workers (16.8 per cent).

To find out more about training and worker retention, click here to register your interest in attending the upcoming Managing Talent in Oil & Gas event, which will take place in Abu Dhabi from 17-19 May 2015.

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