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MENA residents think freelancing is practical

Freelancing appealing to majority of MENA residents

Suhail Masri, VP of sales at, says despite a strong interest in freelancing the region, most people don't know where to begin.

June 3, 2013 1:10 by

The recent “ State of the Freelance Market in the MENA Region poll” revealed that freelancing is considered a good option for someone working in the MENA region by 75.2 per cent of respondents. Reasons cited included perceived better pay (63 per cent) and a better work-life balance than working full-time.

Seven out of 10 (69.2 per cent) respondents would consider working on an independent or freelance basis instead of being a full-time employee, with their main motive for doing so being to achieve a better work-life balance (30.5 per cent).

Other top reasons professionals would consider a freelance career are to be able to focus more on the things they love (23.5%); better pay (18.3%), and more control over their career path (11.8 per cent). Freelancers are considered, by 54.9 per cent of respondents, to earn more than full-time professionals.

“There is clearly a strong interest in freelancing in the region; however, the majority of people do not know where to begin. This suggests that more needs to be done to educate professionals in the Middle East on their options,” says Suhail Masri, vice president of sales at

Half of the respondents’ companies (53 per cent) outsource work to freelancers, because it is considered to be cheaper than hiring an employee (30.4 per cent). Freelancers are also seen as being a good contingency plan between hires (28.4 per cent), while a quarter of respondents (24.8 per cent) believe that they are more skilled and efficient.

Data for the poll was collected online from May 2-28, 2013, with 7,795 respondents from UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia.

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