Asian expatriates in the GCC saw the strongest growth in average wages among all racial groups, the 2015 Gulf Business Salary Survey found.
Average salaries across all the positions measured rose 9.74 per cent from $8,673 a month in 2014 to $9,518 a month this year.
However, Asian expats continue to earn lesser than their Western and Arab counterparts.
“That gap for people being paid by their nationality is changing very slowly and people are being paid more for their ability and the job role, but I don’t think it will ever be completely eradicated, not in my lifetime anyway,” said Ian Giulianotti, director at Nadia Recruitment Consultants.
The Gulf Business 2015 Salary Survey polled the average remuneration for 20 roles, including finance, real estate and media, across the six Gulf countries.
AVERAGE MONTHLY SALARY IN US$ FOR AN ASIAN EXPATRIATE EMPLOYEE IN THE GULF
|CEO/MD – Multinational||22,569||38,819||36,456||34,900||33,027||37,393|
|CEO/MD – Local Company||15,925||22,171||19,344||19,392||17,744||20,719|
|Human Resources – Manager||6,987||9,754||8,322||10,864||8,106||9,989|
|Information Technology – Manager||8,375||11,343||9,552||9,638||9,161||10,620|
|Sales/Marketing – Account Manager||4,863||6,037||5,041||5,697||4,792||5,452|
|Legal – Lawyer Marketer/Manager||7,086||9,759||9,044||8,754||8,295||9,491|
|Facilities Management – Manager||5,125||8,787||7,834||7,750||7,226||8,500|
|Finance & Accounting – Manager||5,459||7,742||7,062||6,898||6,218||7,458|
|Recruitment – Manager||5,108||7,968||6,478||6,378||6,259||7,631|
|Healthcare – General Practitioner/ Manager||6,899||10,560||7,790||8,200||7,790||8,802|
|Real Estate – Manager||7,748||9,577||8,208||6,361||8,538||10,516|
|Banking – Branch Manager||8,592||11,332||8,582||8,535||7,608||9,335|
|Banking – Treasury Manager||9,371||13,951||11,247||10,763||10,696||12,445|
|Banking – Retail/Personal Banking Manager||6,831||8,909||8,321||7,571||7,422||8,623|
|Media – Advertising Creative Manager||7,097||8,467||7,413||7,532||6,177||8,011|
|Media – Public Relations Manager||5,727||8,825||7,161||7,293||5,846||7,949|
|Media – Publishing Editor||4,867||6,373||5,326||5,070||5,357||6,518|
|Construction – Project Manager||8,112||10,654||9,307||9,458||8,438||10,603|
|Events – Manager||4,329||5,936||4,527||5,110||4,547||5,748|
The 2015 Salary Survey was compiled based on inputs from regional recruitment companies including Nadia, Charterhouse and Michael Page. Click here for the complete report.