Participation at the Emirati Youth Forum has revealed that Emirati graduates fresh from university expect to rake in more than Dh20,000/$5,480 as starting salary. And despite their high salary expectations, a large majority are hesitant to start their own business.
The statistics were announced at the UAE's leading Emirati career fair in Abu Dhabi on Monday, and the majority of students said they would prefer working for the public sector than the private sector citing that the latter has less annual leave, long working hours and lower salaries as main reasons.
Better salaries, more benefits and international career options were voted amongst the factors that would encourage students to consider the private sector.
And work outline and lack of career progression were noted as the main reasons students look outside the public sector for work.