Most Mena employees prefer remote work shows survey

More than eight out of ten (85 per cent) of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) prefer to work remotely, and 91pc are considering changing jobs this year, shows a new survey by

The survey also found that respondents prefer to look for new opportunities online, with 71pc using online job sites. This suggests that Mena recruiters and companies need to invest more in digital platforms to find and engage with potential candidates.

It found that the top three skills that respondents deem most important for the current market are the ability to work without supervision, flexibility and adjusting to change, and self-motivation and discipline. This suggests that employers are increasingly looking for candidates who are autonomous and adaptable in the face of change.

The survey also uncovered that email remains the primary communication method for job seekers, followed by online job sites. This suggests that job seekers need to make sure that their online presence is strong, and that they are using digital tools effectively to find and apply for jobs.

Overall, the survey findings suggest that the Mena job market is undergoing a significant shift. Employers and job seekers need to be aware of these trends in order to stay ahead of the curve.

Key takeaways of the survey are: Remote work is becoming increasingly popular in the Mena region, job seekers are looking for opportunities online, employers are looking for candidates with strong digital skills and the ability to work without supervision, demonstrating flexibility and self-motivation are becoming increasingly important.

Commenting on the findings, Ola Haddad, director of human resources at, said: “There is an observable shift in the Mena region’s job market trends. Our latest survey provides data on how job seekers are adapting and thriving in the face of these emerging trends. Employers must also keep these trends in mind to remain competitive, whereas job seekers should focus on developing the necessary skills and harnessing digital tools to stay relevant and successful in a more balanced and future-ready work environment.”

Data for the Modern Job Search Strategies in the Mena Poll 2023 was gathered online from May 3 to June 28, 2023.

Results are based on a sample of 7,591 respondents from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Sudan among others.




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