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Tue 17 Nov 2009 06:04 AM

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GCC white collar construction wages average AED22,200

Monthly salary details revealed in new survey of more than 1,200 sector workers.

The average salary of a ‘white-collar’ construction worker in the Gulf is $6,047 (AED22,200) per month, according to results from the Construction Week Online salary survey.

This figure drops to $5,190 per month if executive positions, such as CEO and managing director, are excluded from consideration.

A total of 1,221 people took part in the survey, which was conducted online during April to September 2009.

Project manager was the largest single designation of respondents, with around a quarter of those who provided both salary and job title details selecting this option to describe their role.

Results indicated that the average salary of a project manager was $7,774 per month. The next largest category was project engineer, with an average salary of $4,023.

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

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

Despite the impact of the recession, the results show signs of optimism with 61 percent of respondents believing they would receive a pay increase at some point within the next 12 months.

In October, a survey showed the average base salary of a real estate professional working in the Middle East was $10,340 per month.

Recruitment consultant Macdonald & Company and Rics revealed the figure in their annual Middle East salary survey for the real estate market.

Compared to 2008, the new monthly salary was a reduction of 3.7 percent, but an increase of 7.2 percent when compared to 2007.

The survey also revealed that 24 percent have been made redundant in the last 12 months while 66 percent of those made redundant have already found new jobs.

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Realist 10 years ago

Do the listed salaries include allowances or not?