"Young Arabs are increasingly turning their backs on cushy public sector jobs in favour of working for private companies and starting their own businesses, a survey in 16 countries has found.
There has also been an erosion in optimism that the “Arab spring” uprisings in recent years against authoritarian governments across the region will translate into better lives for ordinary people, the survey found.
The survey of 3,500 people aged 18-24 living in 16 countries in the Middle East and North Africa found a sharp decline in appetites for government jobs in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates) between 2012 and 2014 (see chart below).
|Source: ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller|
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