MENA employees prefer large companies, poll shows

The poll shows that salary and career growth opportunities are the most valued attributes of potential employers
MENA employees prefer large companies, poll shows
Nearly 75 percent of regional professionals prefer working for large and multinational companies, according to a new poll from job site
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Sun 10 Dec 2017 12:40 PM

Nearly 75 percent of regional professionals prefer working for large and multinational companies, according to a new poll from job site

The poll – entitled “Preferred work arrangements in the MENA” – found that 74.2 percent or professionals prefer these large companies, compared to 9.2 percent who’d prefer working for small or medium-sized companies and 2 percent who prefer working for startups.

The survey also found that 90.5 percent of respondents want to have full-time work, compared to 1.9 percent who would like part-time or freelance work. Of the total, 48.3 percent cited “job security” as the key advantage of full-time work, followed by career growth prospects (26.6 percent), stable income (15.7 percent) and a greater ease in communicating and completing work (9.4 percent).

Even among those with full-time employment, many job seekers noted they are seeking flexibility, with 85.9 percent saying they prefer companies with flexible hours. Another 79 percent noted that they would welcome opportunities to work for a company that offers remote-work options.

In terms of priorities when it comes time to select a job, 41 percent of respondents cited salary as the most important attribute, followed by career growth and training (23 percent), passion and interest in the job (15.6 percent), job security (10.6 percent), and work-life balance (9.8 percent). A majority of respondents – 64.9 percent – said they preferred working indoors at a desk, compared to 14.5 percent who would rather work outdoors at various locations.

Additionally, 86.5 percent of respondents said they were willing to work overtime and 82.8 percent said they were willing to travel if properly compensated. More than three-quarters (76.4 percent) of professionals said they’d be willing to relocate for a job, with 17.4 percent noting that they’d relocate depending on the country. Only 6.2 percent said they were unwilling to relocate at all.”

“As the job landscape changes in the face of employees’ evolving lifestyles and priorities, so do preferences for work arrangements in the MENA region,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Employer solutions at

“We can see from the Preferred Work Arrangements poll that today, professionals care most about elements of autonomy, such as flexible hours and room for growth; as well as financial stability factors, such as job security and suitable compensation for their contributions to the company.

“With insights like these, employers in the region can evaluate and adapt their employee provisions to suit the desires of their workforce, ultimately helping drive employee morale and engagement across the board,” he added.

Data for the poll was collected online from October 24 to December 3.  Results are based on a sample of 8,936 respondents, drawn from countries including the UAE, Bahrain, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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