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58pc of young Saudis mull taking a job in hospitality

RIYADH, September 28, 2022

More than half of young Saudis (58%) considered taking a job in hospitality in the past 12 months, positively reflecting on the ever-developing sector across the kingdom. The most desired jobs were hotel management (33%), event management (32%) and marketing and communications (28%).
 
The findings were disclosed in a new survey commissioned by Hilton, which said two-thirds (66%) of Saudis believe it is crucial that the company they work for (regardless of sector) has a clear purpose. 
 
Meanwhile, 41% of respondents felt a strong sense of ‘family’ among colleagues is an attractive quality in an employer. The opportunity to travel for work was also revealed as a desirable job aspect for Millennials and Gen Zs, with 38% of respondents saying it would be an important factor in an ideal role.
 
Millenials and Gen Z
The survey also revealed a fascinating range of similarities between Millennials (aged 26-41) and Gen Zs (aged 18-25) regarding what they want from a company and an employer. Both groups said they would benefit from pursuing a career with multiple roles within one organisation (Millennials 55%, Gen Z 57%). Job aspects such as performance recognition (Millennials 55%, Gen Z 51%), extensive career development opportunities (Millennials 55%, Gen Z 48%) and strong mental health and wellbeing policies (Millennials 55%, Gen Z 55%) were also important for both age groups.
 
Kamel Ajami, Vice President of Operations for KSA, Egypt & Levant, said: “Our research shows that the pandemic has shifted how we think about work, and I am proud that Hilton has continued to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of its teams. We lead with our culture and are fiercely committed to creating a truly diverse and meaningful work environment where individuals are empowered with the resources and culture to unleash their full potential.”
 
“We know that when we invest in our team members, our guests, owners and communities also benefit. It’s why we’re so committed to providing industry-leading benefits, from life-changing travel opportunities to ensuring a sense belonging for every team member – this is how we make Hilton a great place to work. Over the next couple of years, we will be close to hiring 2,000 people, with about half being Saudi nationals. By 2030, we expect to hire than 10,000 people, of which more than half will be Saudi.”
 
New skills
Meanwhile, opportunities to acquire new skills including business management (43%), a new language (41%), time management (38%) and project management (35%) were sought-after in the perfect job.  When asked to identify their dream role, nearly one-third (31%) of Saudi Millennials and Gen Zs referenced business management, followed by project management (26%) – both of which can be achieved as part of a career in the hospitality industry. 
 
Hilton recently ranked as #3 Best Workplace in Saudi Arabia by Great Place to Work in the ‘Large Organisations’ category, where it has held a Top 5 position in KSA for 6 time in a row. The company pays particular attention to the well-being of its employees by offering attractive working conditions, competitive benefits, great recognition and support for their personal and professional development.-- TradeArabia News Service  
 



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