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One in three hotel staff earn below $3k a month - survey

Hotelier Middle East salary survey also says 32% had pay rise in past six months.

One in three hotel staff earn below $3k a month - survey

One in three hospitality professionals working across the Middle East earn less than $3,000 per month, according to the results of a new salary survey.

The survey, published by hotel trade magazine Hotelier Middle East, showed that the percentage of people earning less than $1,500 per month rose to 12.7 percent, compared to 9.5 percent in the 2009 poll.

It also revealed that 22.4 percent of hotel workers earned a monthly wage of between $1,500-3,000, slightly up on the previous year's survey.

At the other end of the scale, respondents earning $7,500-10,500 more than doubled compared to the 2009 poll, jumping from 6.7 percent to 13.7 percent of the total.

When asked about when they received their last pay rise, nearly half of respondents said they had been given more money in the past 12 months, with 32 percent of those saying the raise had been in the past six months.

Just over a quarter of respondents (26.9 percent) were also promoted in the past year, the survey said.

On job prospects, 15 percent of respondents told Hotelier Middle East that they felt more secure in their job than 12 months ago.

Only 1.6 percent of people said they feared being made redundant in the next six months, down from 3.7 percent a year earlier.

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Naveen Shetty 9 years ago

The best way to get the information is to contact the Ministry which has all the records such as Salaries etc. instead it is waste of time to do a survey results of which are totally biased. I am sure more than 75% of the people in Middle East who work in hospitality sector are earning less than US$ 1500. I think the survey was conducted among the managerial staff and its is unfair to draw the conclusions based on this biased survey.

Paul. 9 years ago

Hotels are a law amongst them selves... they are allowed to treat people like dirt.. Waitress Aed 800 a month + tips Singers: Aed 3000-3500 no tips I know of some, personal friends, with no wage rise for passed 4 years.. locked in, with no lives, no freedom... Banned for six months if they want to leave for another job....regardless of situation.. There slaves to the hotel basically.... And this is most hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi...

Pat Magooly 9 years ago

Paul - "There slaves to the hotel basically.... And this is most hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi..." This will not be good news for long-term tourism in the region. With so many hotels it will become harder and harder to attract hotel workers and all you'll end up with is a disgruntled workforce that provide bad service and don't stick around for long. You CANNOT run a good hotel with bad/unhappy staff - period! From reading so many articles it appears that the UAE has no concept of the importance of keeping staff happy.

Ibrahim 9 years ago

I did not see any comments from you on the Brits who run aways with their debts to Dubai. I guess you only look for one side of the coin rather than being objective. when your fellow citizens returns their loans then, you can talk about their paychecks. by the way, it is really none of your buisness to talk about the tourism in Dubai or Gulf regoin simply because you know that it cheaper than going to Greece or Spain and I know Brits love to get drunk in Greece!