New research on the hospitality job seeker talent pool has revealed motivators for movements when it comes to employment. The research, conducted by surveyed 21,000 hospitality candidates globally, representing over 107 nationalities.

The results of the inaugural report were launched this week at events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The results were followed by panel discussions involding: Jumeirah Group chief HR officer Ellen Dubois du Bellay; Evolvin’ Women founder Assia Riccio-Smith; and Sunset Group Hospitality group head of HR Nuria Gonzalez-Martin.

The findings revealed that UAE-based respondents cited career progression and training & development as the most significant factors when considering new career opportunities (17% each), and the sense of camaraderie and teamwork ranking most highly regarding job satisfaction once in a steady role (16%).

86% of respondents currently working in the UAE noted their intention to move jobs in the near future, with 43% planning to change positions in the coming quarter, compared to the global average of 22%. Almost half of respondents (49%) said they would use online job boards to explore new opportunities, while also calling upon their personal network for referrals and recommendations. sales manager Jeremy Vercoe said: "The results demonstrate a very global mobile workforce. Clearly, people are attracted by career progression and training, but the high rates of movement amongst UAE candidates  is something for employers to readily pay attention to. Modern-day employees are seeking variety in their roles and the opportunity to constantly interact with others; it’s important that employers recognise these factors and maintain an open dialogue with their employees to enhance retention.”

“With the continued growth and evolution of the hospitality landscape, particularly in the lead-up to Expo 2020, any employees seeking new challenges, personal improvement and an in interest in developing an appreciation for other cultures will find much to appeal to them in the UAE, as an employment destination,” Vercoe continued. director Neil Pattison added: "The significant changes in candidate mobility across Europe, driven by the potential impact of Brexit, have increased candidates’ desire to move out of the UK and EU, with 27% foreseeing potential for employment outside of the EU. This presents a positive opportunity for UAE employers to take advantage of  an expanded talent pool."

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