The 2022 “Freelancing in the MENA” survey aimed to gather the opinions of the growing number of skilled workers who are jumping on the freelance bandwagon. The data revealed that 78 percent of respondents plan to do more freelance work in 2022 (percent), and practicing what they love (11 percent).
Ola Haddad, Director of Human Resources at Bayt.com, said, “Traditional workplace expectations in the MENA region have transformed and many professionals are opting for change. Professionals in the MENA region are increasingly building flexible careers on their own terms, based on their passions, desired lifestyles and access to a much wider range of opportunities than ever before. Bayt.com remains committed to connecting freelancers and businesses to help them thrive in today’s digital world.
The survey shows that freelancing is on the rise, with both talented professionals and companies increasingly turning to freelancing. Seventy percent of respondents said their company plans to hire freelancers in 2022.
As technology continues to advance, companies and businesses around the world are rapidly adapting to working online, ultimately attracting more remote talent. The majority of survey respondents say their company always or sometimes offers a freelancer full-time employment once they complete a project (66%).
According to the survey, outsourcing work to freelancers has multiple benefits for the business, as freelancers are better at delivering on tight deadlines (44%), they are good at contingency planning between hires (25%), they provide extra help for small teams or departments (16%), and hiring freelancers is profitable (16%).
The fastest growing industries for freelancers in 2022 include digital marketing (37%), information technology (20%), customer service (12%), accounting, banking and finance ( 12%), human resources and recruitment (10%). percent) and graphic design (10 percent).
Respondents described the top skills freelancers need to possess, including time management (38%), communication skills (27%), the ability to sell themselves (19%), leadership (9%), and attention to detail (7%). hundred). The survey found that freelancers search for jobs on online job boards and professional platforms (69%), social media (12%), company websites (12%) and personal networks ( 2%).
Businesses in many industries are facing rapid challenges in this digital world and they must evolve rapidly in ways they may never have done before. This is where hiring freelance talent comes in. But the self-employed are not without challenges, including lack of job security (55 percent), lower pay than full-time jobs (19 percent), lack of additional benefits (17 percent), and less likely to receive a promotion (9 percent).
Data for the Freelancing in the MENA 2022 survey was collected online from January 18 to February 18, 2022. The results are based on a sample of 1,764 respondents from countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon and Jordan. , Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Sudan among others.