UAE Salary Outlook for Year 2022

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 03 November 2021 Last update: Thursday، 11 November 2021
UAE Salary Outlook for Year 2022
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Businesses in the UAE are stepping up their hiring efforts to replace talent lost during the pandemic.

According to the recruitment firm Robert Half's 2022 Salary Guide, firms in the UAE to reconsider salary and benefits offers to compete with global markets.

The guide shows the average pay hike for professional services roles in the UAE is currently 4%.

The most significant increases are in the legal sector (6%), followed by finance & accounting (5%), and technology (5%).

Remote flexible working remain the most commonly requested benefit among candidates in all sectors.

The report says that multinational companies are happy to facilitate remote working for employees, especially in finance and accounting, some smaller, local SMEs have been more resistant.

"Dubai continues to attract skilled workers and entrepreneurial talent thanks to foreigner-friendly initiatives like 100 per cent foreign ownership – and some professionals are even being offered a UAE passport, which is one of the best in the world for mobility. However, businesses still need to make working conditions desirable with additional benefits, flexible working and competitive remuneration," said Gareth El Mettouri, Associate Director – Middle East at Robert Half.

He also added that the rising costs of living could make it difficult to attract expat talent back to the region.