Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 21 September 2020

UAE salary guide 2020: how much should you be earning?

Compare your wage to what the experts say is the typical salary across sectors in the Emirates – see in the slide show below

Do you have the skills but feel undervalued when your salary drops into your bank account at the end of every month?

Here is the chance to see what you should be earning in 2020 in the UAE – and compare it against what you might have earned had you chosen a different career path.

The latest figures revealed by recruitment consultancy companies Robert Half and Cooper Fitch reflect starting pay only, excluding bonuses and allowances.

What is the job outlook for 2020?

Cooper Fitch expects an improvement next year.

"There is likely to be an increase in job stability for UAE workers following a spate of restructurings and mergers since the oil dip," it said in its 2020 Salary Guide.

"Salaries remain broadly flat across most sectors, predicting a 1 per cent increase in market salary ranges for new hires in 2020 on average across all sectors."

The highest salary rises are expected in the strategy segment, while modest increases will come in the investment management, manufacturing, technology and telecommunication sectors.

Robert Half said training and development remain an important consideration for candidates in the current hiring market, while a flexible working model is one of the most requested benefits.

"This can take the form of work-from-home days, condensed working hours or negotiable schedules," the study said. "Candidates at all experience levels, from junior to senior, are requesting flexible working during the interview process."

A survey from Mercer consultants in October found that employees in the UAE could expect an overall base salary increase of 4.5 per cent in 2020 across all industries.

Did you get a pay rise in 2019?

What were people saying this time last year?

The National carried out a similar poll to the one above with its 2019 salary guide.

Of the more than 1,000 people who took part, 73 per cent said they did not receive a pay rise in 2018, while 41 per cent said they were expecting a pay rise in 2019.

As for overall earnings, 83 per cent felt they should be earning more, and two thirds confirmed they would be looking for a new job this year.

Updated: January 21, 2020 08:22 AM

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