Almost half of UAE expect pay rise this year
Almost half of UAE expect pay rise this year

Almost half of UAE expect pay rise this year

A new salary study has found that 44% of workers in the UAE expect to get a pay rise in 2021 despite the horror show that was 2020.

The report essentially states that the Covid-19 pandemic won’t affect salaries in 2021. And in fact many people are expecting a pay rise in the UAE!

Which might come as news to many after the restrictions that have been put in place across the world over the past 12 months.

The report from Hays 2021 Emiratisation Salary & Employment Report makes for very interesting reading.

55% of Emiratis expect their salary to remain the same as in 2020 while 43% think they’ll get a raise. That’s compared to 52% of expats expecting the same pay and 45% anticipating a pay rise.

“On average, the national workforce has been exposed to fewer pay cuts and redundancies than the rest of the UAE’s working population. However, that is not to say that it has been unaffected by market conditions,” said Samantha Wright, senior recruitment consultant of Hays Emiratisation division.

And if you want to make sure you’re in the highest wage bracket, you might need to move to Abu Dhabi. The report discovered public sector pay in Abu Dhabi was 40% higher than the private sector.

The bottom line though is optimism, according to the study.

“Our observations of the market certainly agree with this. We’ve already seen job numbers increase since the turn of 2021. And we expect this trend to continue going forwards, with an added number of opportunities for UAE nationals in the private sector compared to previous years,” she added.

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