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Gulf employees salary woes

Some don't even know if their paid fairly or not.

July 26, 2010 5:14 by

Two thirds of empoyees in the Arab world complain they are underpaid, reports

And those in the Gulf are the most likely to be dissatisifed, according to a new survey from Sixty-six percent of workers said they were not paid fairly, compared to just 16 percent who said they were content with their salaries, according to the survey by the Middle East job site.

The findings chime with Kipp’s poll, the results of which suggest most Kipp readers would value a salary bump more than reduced working hours or more holiday.

Unbelievably, in the Bayt survey a full 17 percent said they were unsure whether they were paid fairly. In the UAE around three-quarters of respondents said they were unhappy with their salaries, with only 12 percent saying they were well paid. Fifteen percent said they were unsure if they were paid fairly.

In Kuwait the percentage of respondents unhappy with their pay was even higher at around 80 percent, whereas 71 percent said they were underpaid in Saudi Arabia and 75 percent in Qatar.

The survey also found that for nine out of 10 workers in the Gulf region the pay package was the decisive factor in whether they stayed with an employer.

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  1. Lama on July 27, 2010 6:51 am

    Can you share with us the salary scale in UAE for each position?

  2. Tony Saliba on July 27, 2010 6:56 am

    employees will always be unhappy no matter how much they get paid . Salaries in this country are tax free and are inflated and exaggerated for senior positions and certain nationalities.
    If businesses are supposed to only pay overheads and salary fringes higher each year with decreasing profits for the business then the market would not be a suitable place for entrepeneurs or investors , and you would not have market diversification and choice .

  3. john on July 27, 2010 8:04 am

    “check out the typo in the headline of the above news” – THEY ARE

  4. spencer on July 27, 2010 9:17 am

    This is really a good article. But i wish more was written about it. I dont know about the other gulf countries but im talking about the situation in UAE. Most workers are not paid cos they deserve it but just to get cheap labour. You go for an interview and you are asked salary expectation. You know your skills and you tel them what e expect . But they employ some one cheaper than you. So the main issue here starts with employers looking for cheap labour and not a good outcome in their companies. Most people just accept these low salaries cos of the visa change situation which many employers capitalise on. Most employees dont have a job discription and most work more than the required working hours still on a very low salary. Employers dont pay over time but they reduce salary when u are a few minutes late and most interesting you are not paid on time. I dont blame those who run away from their employers, at times the situation is unbearable.


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