Research

Hard Facts (a representative sample of 300 working Emirati nationals)

Preferred Sectors:

The sectors Emiratis most want to work in:

  • Public sector (54%), defence and security (35%), banking & finance (20%) and oil & gas (20%)

  • Telecommunications (14%) and aviation (11%) were also frequently mentioned

  • Males were significantly more likely than females to want to work in defense and security (52% vs. 18%)

  • Females were significantly more likely than males to want to work in banking and finance (29% vs. 11%)

  • Those aged under 30 were significantly more likely than those aged over 30 to want to work in oil and gas (25% vs. 14%)

  • Those aged over 30 were more likely than those aged under 30 to want to work in the public sector (60% vs. 49%)

Preferred Roles:

Emiratis were significantly more likely to want to work in:

  • Administration than any other job role (54%)

  • Engineering (18%), Accountancy (18%) and Banking & Finance (13%) were also popular choices

  • Males were more likely than females to consider their ideal role in Engineering (22% vs. 15%) or Accountancy

  • Females were significantly more likely than males to consider their ideal role in Banking & Finance (21% vs. 4%) or Teaching (8% vs 1%)

  • Those aged under 30 were significantly more likely than those aged over 30 to consider their ideal role in Accountancy (22% vs. 12%)

  • Those aged over 30 were significantly more likely than those aged under 30 to consider their ideal role as a Business Leader (15% vs. 8%) or running their own business (13% vs. 8%)

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The research was done in 2015 by OSC with 300 UAE Nationals:

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