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98 per cent of workers want training and developmentA survey of workers in MENA has shown 98 per cent think training opportunities are important in a job

The survey entitled 'Learning in the Workplace in the Middle East and North Africa' was conducted by leading Middle Eastern career site, with the results released earlier this year.

Data was collected from more than 6,600 respondents belonging to a range of different industries and age groups, from countries across the MENA region, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt and the UAE.

Of those asked, 98.2 per cent found it important to work for a company that provided learning and development opportunities, with 97.2 per cent saying they were dedicated to lifelong learning.

The figures will be particularly poignant for the oil & gas industries, where factors affecting worker retention have been playing an ever-more crucial role due to the predicted ‘talent crunch’.

Suhail Masri, vice president of sales at, said, "With 98.2% of respondents saying that learning opportunities are very important to them, our latest poll cements just how essential it is for organizations to have a systematic approach to learning.”

“Indeed, organizations that provide learning opportunities tend to have high employee motivation, productivity, and loyalty,” Masri added.

Aside from the salary, the top motivators at work for respondents include having a good work-life balance (24.6%), getting learning and training opportunities (24.5%), and having a good relationship their manager (17.4%) and co-workers (16.8%).