The Skills Gap in the Middle East & North Africa: A Real Problem or a Mere Trifle?

The Skills Gap in MENA

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One of the biggest problems facing the world today is the prolonged crisis of youth unemployment. Put simply, too many young people lack the skills needed in a world that has too few skilled workers. The result is that in parts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), youth unemployment remains stuck at around 30%. 

This report provides a thorough investigation of the skills gap crisis in the MENA region, both from an employer’s and job seeker’s point of view. YouGov and investigate the extent of the skills gap in different MENA countries describing some of the causes for the skills mismatch, and revealing what employers mean when they say job seekers are not ‘employable.’

It also provides a list of solutions to help companies, education providers, governments and job seekers themselves tackle this problem in the best way possible.

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This white paper was a joint initiative between YouGov and - the Middle East’s leading job site.