Revealed: Average Arab expatriate salaries in the Gulf

Average wages earned by Arab expats across all the positions fell by 0.08 per cent, finds 2017 Gulf Business salary survey



Arab expatriates in the GCC saw a small drop in their salaries in the last year according to the 2017 Gulf Business salary survey, the only expatriate group not to see a rise in wages.

The average monthly salary earned by a Arab expatriate across the GCC fell by 0.08 per cent, from $11,787 in last year’s survey to $11,778 this year.

But those in certain sectors bucked the trend.

Information technology and digital marketing professionals in particular are in high demand as the need for technology based payment solutions, online branding and the development of apps increases.

This was shown with a 7.96 per cent increase in the average salary for Arab advertising creative managers from $7,985 last year to $8,621 on this year’s survey.

“At present technology is a sector which I believe will not see a slowdown for some time,” says Jennifer Campori, managing director of Charterhouse Middle East.

“Technology has many pros and cons. The pros being that technology makes our life easier and it takes less time to get things done. The cons are that we take technology for granted and can lose sight of reality.”

The Gulf Business 2017 Salary Survey polled the average remuneration for 20 roles, including finance, real estate and media, across the six Gulf countries.

Average monthly salary in USD ($) for an Arab expatriate employee in the Gulf

BAHRAIN KSA KUWAIT UAE OMAN QATAR
CEO/MD – Multinational 33,990 41,716 35,789 37,555 29,202 43,017
CEO/MD – Local Company 21,841 26,487 23,366 23,632 20,339 27,012
Human Resources – Manager 9,338 12,924 9,759 11,666 9,333 9,000
Information Technology – Manager 12,177 15,528 13,592 14,130 12,710 15,733
Sales/Marketing – Account Manager 6,096 8,054 6,360 7,185 5,928 8,079
Legal – Lawyer Marketer/Manager 10,652 12,814 10,963 11,725 9,749 12,575
Facilities Management – Manager 7,514 11,222 9,233 9,648 8,533 10,400
Finance & Accounting – Manager 8,882 11,459 8,827 10,073 8,070 11,461
Recruitment – Manager 7,014 10,639 8,438 8,561 7,460 7,000
Healthcare – General Practitioner/ Manager 9,140 14,033 10,322 10,865 9,779 11,800
Real Estate – Manager 9,271 14,330 9,424 9,809 8,904 12,800
Banking – Branch Manager 8,824 13,219 9,489 10,864 8,233 11,350
Banking – Treasury Manager 11,405 16,874 13,256 13,738 10,929 14,800
Banking – Retail/Personal Banking Manager 8,918 12,598 9,537 10,873 8,471 11,420
Media – Advertising Creative Manager 8,096 10,551 8,630 9,035 8,115 7,300
Media – Public Relations Manager 7,170 9,672 7,831 8,359 7,280 9,488
Media – Publishing Editor 6,540 7,747 7,069 7,362 6,789 5,500
Construction – Project Manager 11,338 15,009 12,358 12,484 10,574 14,126
Events – Manager 5,892 8,256 7,047 7,310 6,113 8,000
Executive Secretary/PA 5,155 6,192 5,063 5,557 4,572 6,137

The 2017 salary survey was compiled based on inputs from regional recruitment companies including Nadia and Charterhouse. Click here for the complete report.