UAE jobs: Practically 50% Emiratis anticipate a wage hike this 12 months – Information

The report discovered that 74 per cent of employers within the UAE plan to extend salaries in 2022

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Revealed: Sat 26 Feb 2022, 8:11 AM

Final up to date: Sat 26 Feb 2022, 10:49 PM

Half of UAE nationals anticipate their wage will improve this 12 months, in accordance with a brand new research launched by recruitment consultancy Hays.

Round 48 per cent of Emiratis anticipate their wage will stay the identical as in 2021 and two per cent anticipate a lower.

“That is the primary time since working our annual wage survey that we’ve seen expectations for wage will increase outweigh these anticipating their wage to stay the identical year-on-year throughout the Emirati group,” mentioned Grace Eldridge, enterprise supervisor of Hays Emiratisation division.

“Whereas professionals’ expectations are all the time barely inflated above precise market developments, we do assume these expectations are comparatively lifelike. Confidence available in the market is at a three-year excessive, with enterprise exercise usually above and past pre-pandemic ranges within the UAE. In consequence, we anticipate a better variety of wage will increase to be awarded this 12 months than the previous two years,” Eldridge mentioned in Hays Emiratisation Wage Information 2022.

The report discovered that just about three quarters – 74 per cent – of employers within the UAE plan to extend salaries in 2022, in comparison with 36 per cent who did in 2021.

The survey discovered that just about one-third – 32 per cent – of Emiratis acquired a pay improve final 12 months, decrease than the 44 per cent of expats who skilled the identical.

With a purpose to improve the position of Emiratis within the personal sector as a part of its Emiratisation technique, the UAE authorities has allotted Dh24 billion to upskill younger Emirati expertise, incentivise the personal sector to rent UAE nationals and established a ten per cent Emiratization quota within the personal sector with an purpose to create over 75,000 jobs by 2026.

“The UAE authorities has constantly labored with the private and non-private sectors to reinforce the profession prospects of younger Emiratis,” mentioned Nader Haffar, chairman of KPMG Center East and South Asia and chairman and CEO of KPMG Decrease Gulf.

Nevertheless, Hays research discovered that the typical uplift in pay was greater for the Emirati group, who have been mostly awarded a 5-10 per cent improve, than the expat group, the place the commonest was an uplift of lower than 5 per cent.

For 2022, of these UAE nationals who anticipate a pay rise, the bulk once more anticipate a rise of 5-10 per cent, whereas nearly all of employers plan to extend salaries by lower than 5 per cent.


“As talked about above, workers’ hopes in the case of salaries are all the time barely extra optimistic than what we see in actuality. In step with employers’ intentions, we’d anticipate nearly all of these salaries that do improve to take action marginally, by as much as 5 per cent,” mentioned Eldridge.

“Our recommendation to professionals who imagine they deserve a pay rise is to be ready to ask for one. They need to handle their negotiation formally and sensibly, in mild of the worth they bring about to the organisation. Those that sit and wait from a pay rise could also be disenchanted,” Eldridge added.

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