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UAE salaries to see 5-6% rise amid 10% jobs growth in 2015

New Morgan McKinley report says recent oil price slump likely to affect level of salaries and new jobs this year

UAE salaries to see 5-6% rise amid 10% jobs growth in 2015

Salary increases in the UAE this year will be between 5-6 percent, slightly lower than in 2014 amid the recent slump in oil prices, according to global recruiter Morgan McKinley.

Its latest Salary Guide for the UAE also said that the number of new jobs coming to market during 2014 was 10-15 percent higher than predicted.

But it added that it had revised its 2015 outlook downwards following the recent slump in global oil prices.

The company's report said it had been looking forward to a "bumper year" for new headcount and salary growth, but "had to reassess and lower expectations", adding that there is likely to be a 10-12 percent increase in the number of new jobs in 2015.

The report also said that for many, the actual cost of living is outstripping salary increases with 2014 rents having soared to an annual rate of increase of 15-20 percent while housing prices increased by 12-15 percent.

One of the effects of this increase in the cost of living is that locally based candidates will tend to wait for an opportunity offering a major salary hike before moving jobs, and this is a factor depressing the talent supply, the report said.

It added that many employers, however, are holding firm on salaries and will import professionals from abroad.

Trefor Murphy, managing director, Morgan McKinley UAE, said: "The Gulf Cooperation Council economy not only continues to improve but is becoming increasingly dynamic and complex, with a huge number of variables affecting the different countries, industry sectors and professional discipline.

"2014 finished above our expectations in terms of levels of recruitment with the number of new jobs coming to market being 10 to 15 percent higher than we predicted and this translated into a hardening in salaries for the year."

"The major caveat is the fall in global oil prices to an eight-year low in 2014. Until the end of 2014, we were looking forward to a bumper year in terms of both the creation of new headcount and salary growth, but we have had to reassess and lower expectations.

"The current prognosis is that the fall in oil prices is likely to be short-lived. We will see a 10-12 percent increase in the number of new jobs, with salaries increasing in line with inflation at around 5-6 percent. However, if the price should fall further, the economic outlook is likely to change significantly."

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Mosa 4 years ago

All these reports and surveys and details, about salaries every now and then, which segment is it exactly based on?

Is it based on the people who earn AED 20,000/month on an average? Who have Mercs and Porsche's on EMI's? Who live in Villas or 2-3 BHK apartments in Marina? Who buy Louis Vuitton and Gucci's at quarterly intervals?

Because if these things are based on the people between the salary bracket of AED 5,000 to AED 10,000, then PLEASE, for the love of god, WAKE UP, and STOP messing with peoples brains and creating unnecessary speculation. Because certainly - no one around us in a 10 mile radius is talking about having increments

N Y 4 years ago

Dear Mosa

I earn 20k a month and dont own a 2BHK nor a Villa nor a Porse nor a Merc. I cant afford to live in Marina , and only can afford Intl City in Dubai. I agree to your views of these reports not indicating which sector of employees this is concerning . Infact more than increasing salaries, if they decrease the rents and that too specifically areas of Burdubai, Deira, and other vicinities where you have your common man living would make more sense rather than hiking salaries.

I completely agree to your article just disagree to the fact that 20k earners cant afford any of the above you have mentioned.