The Pay and Perks Might Not Be Too Lucrative, But Reveals That 48% of Professionals in the Middle East Would Love to Work for a Non-profit Organization

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43% say opportunities to work in non-profit organizations in their country of residence are few, according to the "Working for Non-profit Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa" poll.

Non-profit Careers in the Middle East and North Africa Infographic: Non-profit Careers in the Middle East and North Africa

Employees of non-profit organisations are perceived to be more ‘mission-driven’ by 91.6% of respondents.

The "Working for Non-profit Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa" poll, recently conducted by, the Middle East’s leading job site, has revealed that despite the majority of Middle East and Africa (MENA) respondents believing that non-profit organisations offer less pay and demand more personal sacrifices, 47.5% of them would ‘love’ to work in the sector. For three quarters of the region’s population though, job opportunities with non-profits are hard to find.

According to 52.3% of respondents, working with a non-profit organisation means sacrificing more of your health and family time than would be required in other careers. Salaries are also considered to be less attractive than in other sectors, as stated by eight out of 10 (77.9%) respondents, while 75.2% also believe that job security is lower in the sector, too. People working for non-profit organisations are considered by 60.5% of residents to have fewer opportunities for career growth, while having to endure less benefits and perks on the job (according to 79.3%). More than half (52.8%) of the polled professionals considered employees of non-profit organisations to be as competitive or even more competitive than their peers in other sectors. These factors may to large extent explain why 86% of poll respondents believe that turnover is higher in non-profits than anywhere else.

However, despite the aforementioned concerns associated with working for a non-profit organisation, the majority of MENA respondents maintain they would be keen to work for one. Half (47.5%) would ‘love’ to work at a non-profit, while 41.9% would consider it. Only 5.4% said they would ‘never’ work for a non-profit. For those that would consider working in a non-profit organisation, 88.2% expect to be paid, and 51% maintain they would even expect to receive top market salaries for their work.

When it comes to general perceptions vis-à-vis professionals employed in the sector, employees of non-profit organisations are perceived to be more ‘mission-driven’ by 91.6% of respondents, while eight out of 10 (83.3%) consider them to have more pride in their employers. 78.2% even feel that non-profit employees tend to feel more excited about their job.

Opportunities in the sector seem limited however in many parts of the MENA region. For four in 10 respondents (42.8%), there are few opportunities to find employment with a non-profit organisation in their country of residence. A third of the respondents to the poll (31.2%) maintain there are no opportunities in their country of residence, while 26% claim that in their country, there are many.

“Our mission at is to empower all professionals in the MENA, regardless of their industry, sector, or type of work, and this includes non-profit organizations,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, “At, not only do we provide a wealth of jobs and recruitment solutions to connect between people looking for jobs and business owners, we also empower our members with access to live data regarding the employment and economic pulse of the region so they can effect better decisions vis-à-vis their career and lifestyle planning. caters to the full spectrum of employer sectors in the region from local companies to regional conglomerates, governments and multinational corporations; and employers are able to liaise with the community directly by posting their jobs online and searching the vast and growing dynamic community of professional talent. Moreover, professionals on seeking specific career opportunities, including opportunities in the nonprofit sector, can connect with peers in their target industry and share vital questions and career content via the Specialties platform, a unique career content curation and networking platform which empowers professionals to learn, network and truly shine."

Data for the ‘Non-profit Careers in the MENA’ poll was collected online from March 4-April 14 2014, with 7,692 respondents from the MENA region and beyond.

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