The following data is based on the results of 200 UAE respondents from Tiger Recruitment’s ‘Salary Survey’, conducted in September 2020. According to the survey, a quarter (25%) of respondents reported experiencing a pay cut in 2020, with one in 10 last having had a pay rise more than five years ago.
In general, the likelihood of someone receiving a pay raise is reliant on a person’s seniority, age, nationality, and the industry they work in.
In certain sectors, such as in government or finance, workers are more likely to have received a pay rise in the past 12 months. Employee mental health and wellbeing were put under the spotlight in 2020, and this is reflected in the fact that a third (36%) of UAE workers want more mental health support from their employers.
In addition, over half (58%) of those surveyed hope the pandemic will have taught businesses that happy, healthy employees are the key to success. As the majority of workers in the UAE are expats, it’s possible they feel, more keenly, the isolating effects of COVID-19.
The number one concern for UAE workers about returning to the office is the cleanliness and safety of their workspaces. In addition, 42% are worried about catching the virus and falling ill.
Salary expectations for 2021
All salaries in this review are based on positions placed by Tiger Recruitment in the UAE from its Dubai office.
Salaries can vary between industry sectors. All salaries listed are monthly and do not include additional bonuses or benefits.
Tiger is seeing two approaches to benefits in the region: Some employers are adapting the benefits they offer in light of the pandemic by, for example, offering a daily lunch allowance for employees to have food delivered to their home. Others are capping benefits, which may affect their ability to retain top talent.
Many businesses are continuing to offer generous bonuses to attract expat workers, despite financial uncertainty.
People can request their own copy of the survey via the following link: https://tiger-