Salary Guide 2021

Hiring and salary trends in UAE

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How much should I pay — or earn?

Explore the average starting salaries in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, key roles and skills in demand, and popular benefits being offered to secure skilled professionals. Download the Robert Half 2021 Salary Guide to ensure your search for top talent or a new position is a success.

Know what the job's worth

Find out the latest hiring trends across accountancy and finance, financial services, technology, legal, human resources and business support. The 2021 Salary Guide can help plan your hiring budget or support your job negotiation.

Get more than just salaries

Discover the roles and skills which are most in demand. Our guide also provides information on benefit trends to ensure your business remains competitive when it comes to retaining and attracting talent.

Learn about the latest UAE hiring trends

The Robert Half Salary Guide provides unparalleled talent strategy insights from business leaders looking ahead to 2021. Understand the latest trends affecting talent demands so you quickly make the right hiring decision.

Top 2021 trends

The UAE economy is showing remarkable resilience in some key sectors. Today’s workplace is not the same as it was twelve months ago, with digitisation at the forefront. Remote working has placed even greater emphasis on the need for elevated communication skills, as interactions move into a more virtual world. Learn what positions and skill sets are most in demand. Also, find out how the rise in remote-working arrangements is changing how companies recruit, manage teams and retain the best talent.

Download the Salary Guide so you have the latest information at the ready.

Benefits and rewards

While salaries have remained stable, core benefits have been stripped back since the break of the COVID-19 pandemic. Business leaders across the UAE recognise that retention strategies need to evolve if they’re to remain effective. Employers are looking to offer top talent rewards to support their development and performance while working from home.


Most requested benefits


Remote working/work from home policy



Childcare support



Subsidised training support


Download the guide to see additional benefits and rewards, and to learn how the COVID-19 crisis affected what companies offer to attract top talent.

Key salary trends in the UAE

While some businesses have been forced to reduce hiring due to the economic climate, there is an unprecedented level of demand for cash management professionals including credit controllers and purchase ledger clerks. The drive to automate finance functions and adopt cloud-based solutions has also produced an increased demand in key roles for accounting and finance professionals with modelling and analysis skillsets.

Explore the hiring trends and average salaries across the UAE for these key roles:

Getting the most helpful salary data

Attracting and keeping top talent is more important than ever in helping businesses stay strong in uncertain economic times. Employers are still challenged to find candidates with the skills they need, fast. Recruiting and retaining the best people requires staying current with hiring and salary trends. That's where Robert Half comes in.

We published our first Salary Guide in 1950. Since then, we've been known as the leading source for comprehensive and highly accurate salary and hiring trends. The salary ranges in the 2021 Salary Guide are based on the thousands of placements made by Robert Half staffing professionals and the actual starting salaries our clients pay for top talent.

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