UAE Employee Salaries Up by 5.5 Percent in 2011; More Increases Forecast for 2012

Salaries in the UAE rose by an average of 5.5 percent across all industries in 2011 and are forecast to increase by an additional 5.7 percent in 2012, according to an article in Emirates 24/7 News.

In Gulf Cooperation Council nations bordering the Persian Gulf and constituting the Arabian Peninsula, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had the highest average salary increase this year of 6.2 percent followed by Qatar at 5.8 percent.  Egypt led other nations in the MENA region with an average salary increase of 10 percent growth.

“The data provides some interesting insights into rewards and compensation trends, particularly how salaries have continued to increase despite the economic and political turmoil that has affected many countries in the MENA region,” said Billy Turriff, Business Leader for Data, Surveys and Technology at Towers Watson Middle East.