Revealed: Pilots can earn up to 126% more by relocating from the UK to the UAE

Study found chefs also saw the biggest difference moving from Britain to Saudi Arabia
Revealed: Pilots can earn up to 126% more by relocating from the UK to the UAE
In 2017, it was revealed that Emirates captains of A380 and B777 are offered a total monthly tax-free salary of $16,013 (AED58,770).
By Shane McGinley
Wed 11 Sep 2019 12:50 PM

Aircraft pilots can earn up to 126 percent more by relocating from the United Kingdom to the United Arab Emirates, while chefs see the biggest increase by moving to Saudi Arabia, according to the results of a new global study by international removals company 1st Move International.

The study found that pilots are paid an average of £60,052 ($74,240) in the UK, while their counterparts in the UAE are taking home an average of £136,314.70, a difference of 126.99 percent.

“So if you’re an aircraft pilot, doctor or chef in the UK, relocating to the Middle East could really improve your pay packet. The UAE was actually the best country in the study for a UK pilot to relocate to, with the biggest pay-increase for that role,” the study's spokesperson told Arabian Business

“The UAE was the 10th best paying country overall, with an average overall salary of £44,897, compared to £31,947 for Saudi,” he added.

Within the UAE, doctors and lawyers were the next biggest job titles to benefit from relocation from Britain to the UAE, with potential increases of 86.38 percent and 69.58 percent respectively.

In Saudi Arabia, it was chefs that benefited most, with a potential increase of 80.98 percent, followed by cleaners and beauticians, with differences of 59 percent and 26.16 percent, respectively.

Overall, the biggest increases globally were for quantity surveyors moving to New Zealand, with a massive 1187.42 percent difference, followed by pilots moving to China (327.64 percent) and doctors headed to the US (231.47 percent).

In 2017, it was revealed that Emirates captains of A380 and B777 are offered a total monthly tax-free salary of $16,013 (AED58,770). This includes $11,633 (AED42,695) a month basic salary plus average flying pay, and $4,380 (AED16,075) a month housing allowance, or company provided housing.

Captains are given 42 day annual leave, global primary and secondary education allowance, life and accident insurance, medical and dental coverage and loss of license insurance.

Upon leaving the company, they are entitled to an end of service gratuity (for an employment period of less than 5 years) or provident fund payment - a long-term savings plan in which the employee contributes five percent of basic salary whilst the company contributes 12 percent (paid out after five years of service).

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