Revealed: Average Asian expatriate salaries in the Gulf

Average wages earned by Asian expats across all the positions rose 1.57 per cent, finds 2017 Gulf Business salary survey



The average Asian salary across the GCC posted the strongest increase among all three racial groups this year, rising 1.57 per cent from $9,231 per month in last year’s survey to $9,376 per month in the 2017 Gulf Business Salary Survey.

Ian Giulianotti, director at one of our participating recruiters Nadia, indicates that the pay difference between different expat groups is closing slowly but surely, but in the immediate term the Gulf’s economic slump means many Asian expats are finding riper opportunities back home.

“This year, one million more Indians left the Middle East than arrived,” he says. “For a professional in India last year, the average pay rise was between 12 to 14 per cent.

“A lot of Indian bankers at middle to senior management – now they’ve got international experience – are going back to India.”

In comparison, opportunities elsewhere are deemed less compelling for Arabic and Western expats, with more protectionist travel policies in the case of the former and currency movements linked to Brexit for the latter meaning most are expected to stay in the region.

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 Asian expatriate employee in the Gulf

  BAHRAIN KSA KUWAIT UAE OMAN QATAR
CEO/MD – Multinational 23,292 34,824 31,322 30,997 28,505 33,319
CEO/MD – Local Company 16,541 22,251 18,653 19,278 17,155 20,981
Human Resources – Manager 7,378 10,070 8,358 10,598 8,244 9,544
Information Technology – Manager 9,089 12,112 10,163 10,908 9,956 11,929
Sales/Marketing – Account Manager 4,918 5,950 5,022 5,520 4,755 5,390
Legal – Lawyer Marketer/Manager 7,406 9,773 8,619 8,940 7,922 9,405
Facilities Management – Manager 5,567 8,607 7,402 7,608 6,930 8,330
Finance & Accounting – Manager 6,269 8,369 7,403 7,371 6,746 8,268
Recruitment – Manager 5,532 8,098 6,609 6,356 6,343 7,045
Healthcare – General Practitioner/ Manager 7,313 11,194 8,257 8,692 8,257 9,330
Real Estate – Manager 8,213 10,152 8,700 6,743 9,050 11,147
Banking – Branch Manager 7,499 9,356 7,019 7,774 6,432 8,093
Banking – Treasury Manager 9,417 13,644 10,761 11,305 10,544 12,096
Banking – Retail/Personal Banking Manager 6,846 8,892 7,855 8,113 7,184 8,570
Media – Advertising Creative Manager 7,262 8,988 7,429 7,742 6,774 7,896
Media – Public Relations Manager 5,536 8,178 6,796 6,866 5,849 7,463
Media – Publishing Editor 5,080 6,128 5,323 5,437 5,589 6,205
Construction – Project Manager 8,300 10,897 9,233 9,513 8,347 10,620
Events – Manager 4,295 5,146 4,400 5,159 4,410 5,047
Executive Secretary/PA 3,317 4,437 3,640 3,753 3,505 4,232

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

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