2019 UAE Salary Guide
Your definitive guide to remuneration and recruitment trends for the UAE
The Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide is your comprehensive guide to competitive, confident hiring for the year ahead. Based on real-world insights, direct from professionals and hiring managers, it provides a definitive overview of the future of hiring.
Download the guide for your area of specialisation to get in-depth salary data and see:
- Salary ranges for 185 jobs
- Most in-demand positions & skills
- Hiring market trends per sector
- Trends in remuneration packages and starting salaries
Hiring strategies become more competitive
Accelerated economic growth has left 52% of UAE organisations struggling to find qualified professionals. New hiring strategies will focus on reducing hiring times, the promotion of company culture and raising base-level salaries. Download the guide to find out more.
Digitisation, automation and AI are set to make a significant impact on roles, skills and processes.
Gareth El Mettouri - Associate Director, Robert Half UAE
Salaries by sector
Download the guide to access 2019 salary projections and the key recruitment trends affecting your sectors:
Accounting & finance
VAT implementation and new tax compliance requirements have pushed up demand for accounting and finance professionals. It is predicted that roles within this sector will be heavily impacted by the introduction of AI and automation, which has affected hiring strategies. Although salaries don’t appear to be going up, remuneration packages are becoming more competitive.
A complete overhaul of processes has seen the UAE financial services market completely transform in recent months. To compensate, organisations are looking for professionals with compliance experience, business acumen and specific technical knowledge. Vacancies in financial services are steadily rising, pushing up salaries and prompting faster hiring.
UAE economic evolution is underpinned by its tech industry. Digital transformation roles are expected to take precedence in hiring plans for the coming year, with focus on IT security, CRM experience and project management. To secure the level of technical skill needed, organisations will need to rethink remuneration packages for technology roles.
Human resources & administration
Future business success hinges on staff retention and acquisition strategies, positioning HR teams as a key factor in businesses growth. Because they’re so crucial to future initiatives, qualified HR and admin professionals are in short supply. The highest salaries are being offered to bilingual candidates (English and Arabic), and those with very specific skill sets.
Demand for qualified professionals is beginning to outstrip supply in the UAE legal sector. Government and semi-government sectors are seeking legal counsel, as are organisations in financial services and private equity. An influx of top expat talent has pushed salaries up in the last year, especially for bilingual professionals (English and Arabic) or those with M&A expertise.