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Bayt.com Infographic: Is Freelancing a Good Idea in the MENA Job Market?

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June 02, 2013

In the current shaky but recovering MENA job market, freelancing can open up a host of opportunities for professionals to earn supplementary income, or even as a primary source of income. But how lucrative is this option perceived to be for professionals in the Middle East and North Africa?

Bayt.com's latest infographic is created from data obtained on the Bayt.com “State of the Freelance Market in the MENA Region” poll. The poll survey was collected online from May 2 – May 28, with 7,795 respondents covering the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia.


  • • Seven in 10 professionals in the Middle East and North Africa think that freelancing is a good option for those working in the region.
  • • 69% of respondents say they would consider freelancing on a full-time basis.
  • • 44% of respondents are connected to five or more professionals who work as freelancers.
  • • 53% of respondents say their company outsources work to freelancers.
  • • 30.4% of respondents say companies hire freelancers because it is considered to be a cheaper option than hiring a full-time employee.

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Reader's Comments

1. Yassin YassinI agree with Adam Lazarus that surveying the practicing freelancers could give a clearer picture of the freelancers markets in MENA because most of those countries have restrictions either at the level of governmental jurisdictions or contracting with companies therein.
Thu 05-Nov-2015 07:48 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
2. Maya Naser Hamad AL-Habsiشكرا - معلومات ممتازة جدا قمة فالاهمية
Fri 28-Jun-2013 14:50 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
3. ثراء شرفوجزاكم الله خيرا
Tue 25-Jun-2013 20:02 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
4. Hany Kamal Fahmy Qozmanشكرا لكم لاطلاعنا على هذه المعلومات شكرا جزيلا لكم
Tue 25-Jun-2013 12:19 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
5. Adam J. LazarusThis poll was a great idea and it does provide some valuable information, such as the percentage of companies which are using freelancers. <br /> <br />However, The rest of the information is primarily the opinions of various professionals. I was hoping there would be information from actual freelancers regarding how successful they actually were.
Mon 24-Jun-2013 08:27 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
6. Mohmdawdalgeed Awdalgeedالمعلومات جميله وقيمه شكرا لكم
Tue 18-Jun-2013 19:08 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
7. Mohmdawdalgeed Awdalgeedشكرا على هذه المعلومات القيمه
Tue 18-Jun-2013 19:05 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
8. طاهر الجعفريشكراً جزيلاً انتم قمة في الخدمة المميزة للتواصل معي عبر الهاتف
Fri 14-Jun-2013 13:02 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
9. Nader Ahmad alezaldeenشكراً جزيلاً
Tue 11-Jun-2013 20:23 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
10. ياسر عبدالعليم عبدالعزيزأنتم رائعون
Tue 04-Jun-2013 20:10 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment

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