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