Three-Quarters of MENA Professionals Have Positive Outlook Towards the Upcoming Year, new Survey indicates
Posted on 2021 Jul,12

Middle East job site has recently conducted a new survey with YouGov, the global online market research company, to uncover the career and personal aspirations of MENA professionals, and to tackle their general perceptions and attitudes towards their jobs and overall work environment.

Interestingly, the survey entitled ‘Career Aspirations in the MENA’ has revealed that three-quarters of professionals (75%) in the region have a positive outlook for the upcoming year.

No Limits for Career Ambitions

In the MENA region, 63% reported setting future professional goals for themselves, which included finding a new job (58%), learning new skills (51%) and getting a higher salary (48%).

With career development in mind, around two-thirds of respondents (65%) believe they deserve to work in a higher-level position, and half the respondents (50%) are willing to move to another department or area of expertise to develop their skillsets and further their professional careers.

In addition, 45% of MENA respondents state they are willing to move into a different industry altogether to broaden their professional expertise.

What Drives the Ideal Job

The top three factors that were seen as important in an ideal job for MENA professionals were salary and benefits (72%), opportunities for career growth (46%) and job security (32%).

Interestingly, respondents are much more likely to prefer being an employee (46%) rather than owning a business (32%).

The reported reasons for seeking employment in the region are marked by the desire to consistently learn and gain experience, as indicated by 65% of respondents. This was followed by making money (56%), being financially independent (47%) and feeling useful to society (46%).

Ola Haddad, Director of Human Resources at says: “It is exciting to observe that the majority of respondents to the Career Aspirations survey are optimistic about the coming year. This encouraging outlook will reflect positively on the region’s hiring activity and the individual career progression. works with employers across the MENA region who rely on our technologies and data to master their talent management practices – and knowledge of employee aspirations and satisfaction will help enhance the hiring and job seeking processes even more.”

Motivation Levels at Work

When it came to motivation levels in the workplace, more than 6 in 10 respondents (61%) reported feeling motivated at work. Only 17% reported not being motivated, while the remainder were neutral.

Possibly connected to motivation at work, the prevalence of mentors and role models featured highly in the findings, with over 4 in 10 respondents (44%) reporting that they have either a mentor or role model in their careers.

Though respondents revealed a positive indication of their motivation in the workplace, 59% reported that higher salaries and perks/benefits would increase motivation at work, this is followed by opportunity to express creativity/ showcase skills (45%) and better work-life balance (45%).

Future Personal Ambitions

Overwhelmingly, the top personal goal for next year was reported to be saving more money, according to nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%). Other prominent goals included buying property (46%), traveling (37%) and spending more time with family (27%).

Furthermore, 45% of respondents preferred to retire after the age of 60 and 17% chose retirement before 50, indicating that more professionals desire to stay in the workforce for a longer period of time.

“The Career Aspirations survey aims to better understand the challenges and aspirations of MENA professionals. It covers aspects such as perceptions and attitudes towards current job, career aspirations, barriers to career growth, in addition to overall work environment and personal aspirations and concerns,” said Zafar Shah, Research Director, Data Services at YouGov.

Data for the ‘Career Aspirations in the MENA’ survey was collected online from May 31 to June 10, 2021. The results are based on a sample of 1,549 respondents from the following countries: UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and others.