'Freelancing, a good option in Mena'
Dubai, June 2, 2013
Freelancing is seen to offer a better work-life balance and better pay than full-time employment in the Mena region, according to a recent survey.
The ‘Bayt.com State of the Freelance Market in the Mena region poll’ conducted by Bayt.com, a job site, has revealed that freelancing is considered by 75.2 per cent of respondents to be a good option for someone working in the Mena region.
Seven out of 10 respondents would consider working on an independent or freelance basis instead of being a full-time employee, with 30.5 per cent's motive is to achieve a better work-life balance, according to the survey.
Other 23.5 per cent professionals would consider a freelance career to be able to focus more on the things they love , 18.3 per cent for better pay, and 11.8 per cent to control their career path. Freelancers earn more than full-time professionals according to 54.9 per cent of the respondents.
However, professionals are put off from starting a a freelance career because 31.1 per cent of them do not know where to start, while visa issues are also a major concern for 15.6 per cent, and lack of opportunities for 14.6 per cent.
“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. After all, promoting entrepreneurship in this form is essential to addressing youth unemployment and boosting the Mena countries' GDPs,” said Suhail Masri, VP sales, Bayt.com.
Another poll, the Bayt.com Mena HR poll revealed that 44.2 per cent of respondents knew at least five or more professionals who freelance, while 50.2 per cent considered students and fresh graduates to be the most likely to freelance and 21.6 per cent professionals with five to10 years of experience are also thought to be likely to freelance.
The skills a professional has will determine whether they have the potential to be a freelancer, as stated by 48.1 per cent of respondents, though 27.2 per cent also claim that ‘anyone’ can go independent.
Flexibility and adaptability are the top traits a freelancer should have, followed by great self-confidence, the ability to multi-task, and good time management skills, it added.
About 53 per cent of the respondent's companies outsource work to freelancers, because it is considered to be cheaper than hiring an employee.
Data for the ‘Bayt.com State of the Freelance Market in the Mena region poll' was collected online from May 2 to May 28, with 7,795 respondents from UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. - TradeArabia News Service