Revealed: Western Expatriate Salaries In The Gulf

The Gulf Business 2014 Salary Survey found that salaries for Western expatriates in the GCC fell steeply last year.



Western expatriates in the Gulf have seen salaries dropping 6.8 per cent in the last year, according to the Gulf Business 2014 Salary Survey. The average wage stands at $11,385 a month across all positions measured, compared to $12,216 last year.

“Over the last two to three years, as people are leaving, companies are taking the opportunity to hire the same standard of worker but at slightly lower salaries,” said Ian Giulianotti, associate director HRM Consulting, Nadia, which participated in the survey.

The 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 a Western Expatriate Employee in the Gulf

BAHRAIN KSA KUWAIT UAE OMAN QATAR
CEO/MD – Multinational 26,746 33,229 27,158 28,581 25,980 31,550
CEO/MD – Local Company 19,926 24,327 21,054 21,770 18,845 23,244
Human Resources – Manager 9,187 11,926 9,362 10,237 8,995 11,047
Information Technology – Manager 10,791 13,284 11,240 11,480 10,601 12,542
Sales/Marketing – Account Manager 6,230 8,210 6,768 6,671 6,365 7,299
Legal – Lawyer Marketer/Manager 9,952 11,990 10,490 10,626 9,333 11,386
Facilities Management – Manager 7,724 10,793 9,007 9,159 8,197 9,803
Finance & Accounting – Manager 9,203 11,504 9,688 10,206 8,916 10,822
Recruitment – Manager 6,772 9,397 7,571 7,095 7,013 8,562
Healthcare – General Practitioner/ Manager 8,000 12,000 8,900 9,500 9,000 10,000
Real Estate – Manager 11,131 13,057 10,313 10,074 8,869 11,704
Banking – Branch Manager 10,325 12,510 11,202 10,882 8,963 12,148
Banking – Treasury Manager 13,501 15,847 14,586 13,672 11,904 15,959
Banking – Retail/Personal Banking Manager 9,283 10,411 9,925 9,490 8,753 10,759
Media – Advertising Creative Manager 9,344 13,280 10,703 10,493 8,962 11,349
Media – Public Relations Manager 9,519 12,520 9,771 10,456 8,949 11,223
Media – Publishing Editor 7,500 10,035 7,833 8,602 7,166 9,155
Construction – Project Manager 12,688 16,875 14,135 13,662 11,918 14,723
Events – Manager 5,617 8,523 6,639 6,578 5,794 7,299
Executive Secretary/PA 4,965 5,768 5,263 5,460 4,832 6,056

The survey was compiled based on inputs provided by four regional recruitment companies including Nadia, BAC Middle East, Adecco Middle East and CharterhouseClick here for the complete report. 

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