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The infrastructure boom in Qatar is having a positive effect on the country’s jobs market, new figures show.

A survey conducted by and YouGov found that 52% of Qatar respondents said Qatar is more attractive as a job market than any other country in the MENA region.

The country is currently in the midst of a large-scale construction programme, with billions of dollars of projects expected to begin over the next 12 months.

Qatar companies said they will look to recruit civil engineers (18%), foremen and mechanical engineers (all 15%) in the coming months.

In Qatar, the most desirable qualification is engineering (34%), followed by business management (23%) and commerce (20%).

The study also found that construction companies are proving adept at keeping talent, with 59% saying they had been able to retain their best employees.

In terms of experience, employers in Qatar prefer candidates who have the ability to manage a team (33%), who have mid-level experience (32%), or who have worked in engineering firms (32%).