The UAE Federal Labour Law and the Emirate of Dubai does not have the provision for minimum wages, and your basic salary is what is a negotiated rate stipulated in your labor contract. The amount is important, as it is the basis of calculation for your end-of-service gratuity pay.
Dubai job and salary
Range of salaries for various jobs
There are a range of Jobs in Dubai that are much the same as in any city, but the range of incomes are larger than those otherwise familiar by expats for several reasons.
Manual labour type jobs are demanding and are poorly paid. Majority of workers in this type of employment are from the Asian subcontinent, particularly, India, Pakistan, Philippines and Indonesia. Labourers work for 12 hours a day and 7 days a week. Maids, nannies, gardeners, drivers, and security guards fall under this category. Minimum salaries of maids are set by their respective governments of the country they come from. It is, however, unclear, if these minimum pay scales are supported by labour law in UAE. At present it is, Bangladesh – Dh.750, India – Dh.1100, Indonesia – Dh.800, Philippines – Dh.1400, Sri Lanka – Dh.850.
Jobs in tourism and service sectors are poorly paid and are quite demanding. Majority of people working in these jobs come from Asia, particularly the Philippines. Some sectors, such as aircrew, have all nationalities represented, and working conditions and salaries are much better.
Receptionists and secretaries earn low wages for long hours of work, however, when upgraded to a Personal Assistant for the boss of a large company, salary gets more attractive, especially so if you are fluent in English and Arabic. In some cases, substantial salaries that are on par with other professionals are also possible.
For Middle Management, majority of the employed are usually Asians, particularly Indians, or expat Arab. The pay can be mediocre to reasonable, or even better for well-trained executives in large corporations.
Teaching jobs is one of the few professions that has a minimum wage of Dh.2000 per month, although it is not always adhered to. Teaching jobs and dubai salaries in English school having Western setup giving 5000 to 15000 AED. In Dubai Teaching job Salaries sometimes vary in the same school depending on the nationality of the teacher.
Architects, lawyers, accountants, pilots and such professions are represented by all nationalities, but the more reputable companies and higher level jobs usually require western trained personnel. Salaries range from poor to very good.
Doctors are of varied nationalities and are usually western-trained. Salaries are mediocre to good, depending on the hospital/clinic and nationality of the doctor.
Project Managers / Directors / Senior Management / CEOs and Managing Directors were able to command increasing salaries during 2006-08 period, but, when the building boom doomed in 2009, the equation reversed. Senior Management tends to be western or UAE nationals and these jobs are well-paid, but, are usually demanding.
CEOs and Managing Directors for large companies usually get paid well, but, even top level management for smaller companies get reasonably well-paid.
Table of average wage ranges in Dubai (based on job titles)
Job titles that have a smaller salary range are more likely to pay taking into consideration the qualifications and sometimes, the size of the company, and are less dependent on nationality. But, nationality may be a factor in determining whether or not a person actually gets hired for high paying jobs.
|Job Title||Monthly salary in AED (2015-16) (Dubai job and salary)|
|Accountant||3000 – 20,000|
|Airline Pilot (Captain)||30,000 – 50,000|
|Business Development Manager||10,000 – 35,000|
|Bar Manager||5000 – 25000|
|Cabin Crew||7000 – 14,000|
|Driver (Indian school)||1500 – 2500|
|Director||50,000 – 70,000|
|Engineer (civil)||10000 – 25,000|
|Engineer (mechanical)||10,000 – 25,000|
|Engineer (software)||10,000 – 20,833|
|Executive Assistant||15,000 – 25,000|
|Interior Designer||17,000 – 65,000|
|Kindergarten Supervisor (western)||12,000 – 20,000|
|Labourer||600 – 1,500|
|Maid, Nanny||700 – 3000|
|Marketing Manager||11,000 – 34,000|
|Nursery School Teacher||1000 – 10,000|
|Office Manager||8000 – 16,000|
|Operations Manager||13,300 – 42,500|
|Personal Assistant||2000 – 25000|
|Project Manager||12,000 – 75,000|
|Project Architect||20,000 – 30,000|
|Research Assistant||8000 – 12,000|
|Commercial sales||5000 – 25,000|
|Sales Assistant in shops||1500 – 2500|
|School Principal (Indian schools)||7,000 – 12,000|
|School Principal (International school)||25,000 – 45,000|
|Emirati Government School Teacher||24,000 – 34,000|
|University Teacher||5,000 – 30,000|
Average salaries for various job sectors (Dubai job and salary)
The table below mentions average salaries (Dubai job and salary) for various job categories in Dubai. All salaries are in UAE Dirhams.
|Job Category||Average monthly salary|
|Admin / reception / secretarial||Dh.7,992|
|Pharmaceutical / biotechnology||Dh.6,833|
|Courier / delivery / drivers||Dh.2550|
|Beauty / fitness||Dh.8000|
|Media / Arts / Entertainment||Dh.8500|
|Food / tourism/catering / hospitality||Dh.8750|
|Purchasing and Inventory||Dh.10,800|
|Customer care / call centre||Dh.11,768|
|Fashion and apparel||Dh.13,000|
|Accounting and Finance||Dh.14,251|
|Sales Retail and Wholesale||Dh.14,438|
|Teaching / Education||Dh.14,671|
|Facilities / Maintenance / Repair||Dh.15,000|
|Factory and Manufacturing||Dh.16,000|
|Printing and Publishing||Dh.18,500|
|Advertising / Event management||Dh.19,600|
|Construction / Building||Dh.20,600|
|Airlines / Aviation / Defense||Dh.23,700|
|Medical and Health||Dh.27,101|
|Oil, gas, mining||Dh.29,040|
|Real Estate Sector||Dh.31,668 / Dh.36, 235|
Other employment benefits and pay package (Dubai job and salary)
A basic employment package in Dubai consists of several items which are mandated by law. Your employer must guarantee a return flight back to your homeland when employment has ceased. Your basic salary must be outlined in the contract and any gratuity pay must be discussed as well.
An annual paid leave of 21 days (for the first year) and 30 thereafter is appropriate. After the completion of your probationary period, medical insurance can either be supplied by the government or some companies employ private coverage. Here are basic items that the law mandates to be included in compensation package of the employee:
- Basic Salary
- 30-day annual paid leave (21 for the first year)
- Medical Insurance (some companies offer private insurance coverage after probation)
- Recruitment and visa-processing fee and associated costs
- Gratuity Pay
- Return flight to your home country at the end of your contract
In addition to these, there are a number of things that can be negotiated as well; they are:
Allowances for food, accommodations, transportation, furnishings (for your accommodations), vehicle, and cell (mobile) phones are issues that are NOT required, but can and should be discussed.
Also, any assistance with relocation costs, Annual return ticket reimbursement, Medical insurance – check if they supply private policies or whether you will be covered by the Government of Dubai need to be checked out.
Also Check: According to UAE Labor LAW Gratuity Calculation
Gratuity in Dubai job and salary
Gratuity or end-of-service benefit is the equivalent of severance pay in other countries. It is the end-of-service benefit granted to employees who have successfully completed the term of contract under which they were hired. The fact that this gratuity pay is mandatory is yet another positive benefit of fulfilling your contract obligations. As there are no provisions for pension contributions for expatriate employees in the UAE, gratuity pay is mandatory. However, if you are terminated for good cause under Dubai law, your gratuity is no longer mandatory.
As with most things, there is a limit to how much gratuity pay you can receive in Dubai. It cannot be in excess of what would be the equivalent of your salary for 24 months. A gratuity is paid at the end of employment, depending on several factors. The gratuity also depends on the type of contract -fixed term ( limited) or unlimited, and under what circumstances you terminate your employment.
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