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Work and workplace during Ramadan
May 27, 2018, 1:28 pm

Muslims around the world consider the Holy month of Ramadan as a period to practice restraint, enhance generosity, foster unity and spend time reflecting on their spiritual, personal and professional lives. Spiritual and personal reflections are private affairs, whereas the professional aspect of an individual’s life often involves interaction with the public. The attitude to work and its prospects among people in the region, and their professional hopes during Ramadan were revealed during a recent online poll conducted by leading job site,

The online survey, titled ‘Ramadan in the Middle-East and North Africa’, was conducted from 3 March to 11 April of this year and polled over 9,000 respondents living in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region and included people in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the UAE and in Yemen.

Goals: The majority of MENA respondents (88.4 percent) agreed with the statement that Ramadan is a ‘good time to reflect on their personal and professional goals’, 6.7 percent were neutral towards this statement while only 4.9 percent disagreed.

Favorite aspect: When asked to share their favorite aspects about Ramadan, more than two thirds (67.5%) of MENA respondents said that ‘gathering with friends and family’ was their favorite aspect. Meanwhile, 12.6 percent said they also enjoyed ‘practicing religious and spiritual life’, and 2.5 percent were happy at the  ‘slowing down’ of pace and enjoying the quiet time’ provided by Ramadan).

Productivity: On the question of productivity during Ramadan, 81.7 percent of MENA professionals agree that they ‘feel more productive’ during Ramadan; 14.8 percent of respondents said their ‘productivity does not change during Ramadan’, and only 3.5 percent said they become ‘less productive’.

Work-loads: In answer to work-loads during the holy month, 61.4 percent of poll participants from MENA said that their workload increases during the holy month, 21.7 percent of respondents said their workload stays the same, while 16.9 percent of respondents said it decreases during Ramadan.

Work-timings: The perceived increase in workload could probably be attributed to the fact that the vast majority of respondents (89.4%) said that their total working hours decreased during the month. Across the region, the majority of respondents (87.7%) are satisfied with their working hours, with 81.9 percent stating that they are ‘very satisfied’. 4.7 percent of respondents are ‘neutral’ towards this aspect, while only 7.6 percent report being ‘somewhat dissatisfied’ or ‘very dissatisfied’.

Time-off: Responses were fairly evenly split when it came to taking time off from work during Ramadan, with 54.6 percent of respondents saying that they take ‘more vacation days during Ramadan’, while 45.4 percent claim the opposite is true.

Relationships: A vast majority (89.6%) of respondents claimed that Ramadan improved their relationships at work, with only 4.4 percent of poll participants claimed the opposite to be true and 6 percent of respondents were neutral towards this statement.

Charity: An overwhelming 91.4 percent of respondents said that their company becomes more charitable during Ramadan, and when it came to social and team building activities, 91.1 percent of participants agreed that their company increases such activities during the holy month.

Job hunting: According to the poll, the vast majority of job seekers in the MENA region (9 in 10 job seekers) plan to make more time for finding a job during Ramadan; also, more than two-thirds (68.6%) of respondents believe that more companies hire during Ramadan. This correlates with hiring-data from, which reveals that during Ramadan 2017 more than 12,000 jobs were posted in May 2017 and over 15,000 jobs during June 2017.  

“Ramadan is a great month for MENA professionals,” said Suhail Masri, Vice President of Employer Solutions at “Not only do they reflect on their personal, spiritual, and professional life, they also become more focused and productive.”


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