The Marketing (24%), IT (21%) and Customer Service (18%) sectors are recruiting the highest number of interns
Bayt.com, the No. 1 job site in the Middle East, highlighted the role of internships in career development in new research. The Internships in the MENA survey shows that employers in the region provide more supported learning opportunities for trainees to gain knowledge and acquire transferable on-the-job skills. According to the survey, more than 7 in 10 respondents (71%) agree that internships are widely available in the Middle East.
A staggering 92% of professionals believe that internships increase the chances of graduates finding a job after college. In line with the finding, 50% of companies are looking for interns by 2022, while 77% of companies always or sometimes offer full-time employment to interns after completing an internship.
Top Recruiting Sectors
Digital marketing (24%), information technology (21%) and customer service (18%) emerged as the top three industries hiring the most interns, followed by HR and recruiting (15%), accounting, banking and finance ( 13%) and Graphic Design (8%).
Ola Haddad, Human Resources Director at Bayt.com says: “Internships provide a viable pathway to employment, with most MENA employers offering jobs after the internship is over. As universities prepare the new talent ready for a job and equip them with the skills they need to compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace, companies play a key role in creating jobs, preparing interns for rewarding careers and boosting prosperity and innovation across the region.”
Most requested skills
As the market for interns becomes more competitive, employers have outlined a number of factors to help them make a decision. The top skills employers look for when hiring interns are communication and teamwork skills (60%), creativity (13%), research and analytical skills (12%) and time management. skills (10%).
These skills are essential for employment with MENA organizations that hire more interns and work harder to bring them back as employees. For organizations, the key benefits of hiring interns are identifying talent for future roles (78%), completing less demanding projects at a low cost (8%), filling temporary and seasonal positions quickly (8%) and having extra help for small teams or departments (7%).
Role of universities
Internships give job seekers an opportunity to develop work competencies and professional skills and gain experience that would facilitate their academic, career and personal development. 63% of respondents say their university requires them to do an internship or other practical training. For this reason, 50% would accept an unpaid internship while 50% would only choose a paid option.
Universities also play a vital role in acquiring relevant internships for students by: providing job search courses (36%), partnering with companies to create more internship programs (36%), organizing on-campus job fairs (16%) and posting internship opportunities on online job boards (12% ).
Data for the internships in the MENA survey was collected online from April 27 to June 1, 2022† Results are based on a sample of 2†288 respondents from the following countries: UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Sudan among other things†