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Wed 18 Nov 2009 11:53 AM

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38% construction execs work more than 50 hours

New survey of 1,221 GCC white collar professionals reveals long hours.

Working more than 50 hours a week is the norm for more than a third of the GCC construction industry professionals (38.5 percent) who took part in a new survey.

A large majority of the 1,221 respondents to the online survey conducted by Construction Week (91 percent) said they worked more than 40 hours a week.

“This has always been the case,” Simon Hobart, managing director of Millennium Solutions, a recruitment company, told the magazine.

“Rough hours are the norm when a project is going on at full speed, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Hours are determined by the construction programme. You can’t miss opportunities on site, they have to go round the clock.

“I would say the real figure is probably closer to 70-80 hours per week.”

The survey showed that salary, position, age, country of origin and country of work all make little difference to this statistic. Work hours in the GCC are long for everyone.

According to other survey results, the average salary of a ‘white-collar’ construction worker in the Gulf was more than $6,000 per month but Indian professionals - who made up 31 percent of the respondents - earned nearly $2,000 less.

The top three countries of origin for survey respondents were India, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

Respondents work in all the GCC nations, but a large majority (77 percent) worked in the UAE.

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a reader 10 years ago

translation: 100% of those families will be totally dysfunctional and their values in the wrong place. something that I noticed when I used live in Dubai.

Justin Redelinghuys 10 years ago

Dear Reader "100% of those families will be totally dysfunctional" as opposed to you who may be 100% small minded. I work in construction 72 hours per week minimum. My family is cool and definitly not dysfunctional. Hard work is part of the profession...Construction (especially in the UAE) is not for weenies...project delivery dates have to be met, that is part of the career choice.

ulhas 10 years ago

i personally dont agree with the comments of working odd hours in construction, as i do beleive......when you enjoy what you are doing,you are not working but enjoying your life. Constucution of course is not for the people who works watching the clock, but for those who loves the work. if you are into a profession time should never be a constraint to achieve your goals. you are succesful in life only if you parallely goeas with your works and family.

Constuction Profesional 10 years ago

Everybody should enjoy what they do, however there are people who like construction but recognize a life beyond the fence of the construction site. The guys who are so devoted to achieve somebody’s tight construction schedule should not force others to work “crazy’ hours. Those one who got “cool and un-dysfunctional families” have never offered to their family members an alternative. Having a father/husband for more than 30minutes at the evening. The guys who are willing to accomplish Mission Impossible, on their construction sites, should be reminded on daily basis, that Tom Cruise lives in Hollywood not in Dubai.

Wildwine 10 years ago

Guys think about it, there is something radically wrong. You'll are working more that 50 hours a week (some 72 hours +); BUT still most of the projects (except few) are delayed!!!