Western Expat Salaries Compared For Gulf States

Benchmarking salaries is always a tough task – but recruiters in the Gulf States have put together a handy table of average monthly pay across several Middle East countries for western expats.

Salary figures in the Middle East can be misleading. For instance, western expats tend to about 15% more than their Arab colleagues and 25% more than Asian expats, according to local media outlet Gulf Business.

Research polling the average monthly gross pay across 20 executive roles, including finance, real estate and media, showed the average salary of a Western expat is £7,995 per month.

Recruiters report salaries increased an average 4% in the past 12 months, citing improved economic growth, increasing oil prices and government infrastructure spending.

Fewer jobs for expats

Several human resources managers report that firms are reluctant to increase salaries and are seeking better qualified and experienced candidates at market rates.

Meanwhile, several Gulf States have announced intentions to rely less on expats in the future and are taking active steps to cut the number of foreign workers in a bid to encourage locals to take private sector posts instead of public sector work.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are leading the campaign to reduce the number of expats.

Gulf State Executive Average Monthly Salaries For Western Expats (Pounds)

Job

Bahrain

Kuwait

Oman

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

UAE

Banking – Branch manager

9,172

10,364

7,449

10,162

10,173

9,093

Banking –Personal banking manager

9,535

10,494

8882

10,474

10,169

9,079

Banking – Treasury manager

11,641

10,209

9,632

12,960

12,600

9,470

CEO/MD – Local company

13,462

15,909

13,077

17,285

18,316

16,666

CEO/MD – Multinational

19,941

20,534

18678

22,641

23,139

21,576