Four in five feel underpaid in Gulf
More than two-thirds of employees in the Gulf think they are not paid
enough, with 30 per cent claiming they earn well under what they should
be, according to an ArabianBusiness.com Salary Survey.
The remaining 38.9 per cent said they earn a bit less than the
industry average, while another 20.81 per cent think their salary
average for their profession. Only 9.83 per cent said their pay was
better than average, with just 2.32 per cent admitting it was a lot more
than others in their position made.
As expected, those in low and middle income brackets feel more
aggrieved at their level of pay than those in the high income brackets,
but even employees earning from $ 80,000-150,000 per year said they feel
at least a little underpaid.
A majority of those paid over $ 150,000 per year view their salary as
similar to others in the same position, but 27.71 per cent still think
they are not paid enough. The rising cost of living in the Gulf and the
falling value of GCC currencies linked to the tumbling US dollar has
reduced the relative value of expatriates' earnings, sparking calls for
pay rises, especially by low-paid employees such as construction
Two-thirds of respondents to the salary survey also said their pay
has not kept pace with inflation over the last twelve months, meaning
they saw their earnings cut in real terms.
Expatriates from Sri Lanka feel the most underpaid, with 80.51 per
cent claiming their salaries should be bumped up, followed by India, the
Philippines, Iran, Syria and Pakistan (70.72).
Just over 55 per cent of American, 57.08 per cent of British and
48.72 per cent of Dutch expatriates, among the most well-paid in the
Gulf, said their salary is not high enough.
Interestingly, a large number of Gulf nationals also said they feel
underpaid, despite recent increases in public sector pay in many GCC
states as governments look to reduce the impact on inflation on their