Just as the Gulf economies have undergone dramatic changes in recent months, including the introduction of value added tax and fee increases, we too felt it was time to shake up our annual Salary Survey.
While the format has served us well over the years, and offered a unique insight into the compensation expats could expect for a number of key roles, it was increasingly apparent that the included positions were not entirely reflective of the job market as we move towards the end of the decade.
In addition, a focus on largely management roles meant it offered less insight for the majority of the workforce, who are further down the ladder.
Our new streamlined Salary Survey for 2018 aims to address these issues in a simplified format that should prove relevant for the years to come as the gaps between Asian, Arabic and Western
Among the most noticeable changes has been the inclusion of the new lower tier positions such as human resources executive, logistics executive, sales executive and receptionist.
This meant that the overall average monthly salary this year of $8,083 is 26.3 per cent lower than that seen last year, with some quite substantial differences in some countries.
For example, the Kuwait average was 27.73 per cent lower than the previous year.
This year, Kuwait was found to be the worst paying country among the five Gulf Cooperation Council states covered with an average monthly salary of $7,826.
This was 8.96 per cent less than the top paying country Saudi Arabia but only slightly behind the $7,846 Oman average and $7,867 Bahrain average.
However, Kuwait was found to be the top paying country for some positions including hotel general manager – where the average monthly salary of $15,290 was 38 per cent higher than Saudi’s Arabia’s $10,404 and an astonishing 44 per cent more than the UAE’s $9,741
Top salaries in Kuwait
(All the amounts are monthly averages taken from data collated by three recruitment firms)
CEO/MD – Multinational: $34,460
CEO/MD – Local company: $24,675
Hotel general manager: $15,290
Head teacher/principal: $6,557
Real estate manager: $7,144
Construction project manager: $8,312
Human resources manager: $7,291
Recruitment manager: $6,675
IT manager: $7,451
PR account manager: $5,677
Sales/marketing manager: $5,480
Facilities management manager: $5,754
Healthcare general practitioner: $5,150
Office manager: $4,351
Digital marketing specialist: $3,675
Bank branch manager: $3,860
Sales executive: $4,126
Logistics executive: $2,813
Senior accountant: $3,427
HR executive: $2,738
Overall average: $7,826
The recruiters that participated in our survey continue to view the Gulf as an attractive place to work with average pay rises predictions across the region ranging from 2-3 per cent to 5 per cent this year.