Up to Dh165,000 per month: UAE salary guide reveals how much citizens can earn

Here is a breakdown of what pay ranges Emiratis can expect for jobs in different sectors


Nasreen Abdulla

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Published: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 2:36 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 4:37 PM

A UAE-based Emirati Chief Financial Officer (CFO) working in the public sector could earn up to Dh165,000 as monthly salary, according to a guide released by recruitment firm Michael Page. The same post in the private sector could pay up to Dh150,000. However, the salary could change depending on the emirate the job is based in.

The 2023 Emiratisation Salary Guide and Hiring Insights highlight salary benchmarks and outlook of job applicants on key topics like job application, candidate experience, and ideal job scenarios.

Guidelines effective January 1, 2023, set forth by Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) require that companies with more than 50 employees ensure that 2 per cent of their employees are Emirati. This will be increased to 4 per cent by January 1st, 2024. Failure to comply will result in a range of financial and legal penalties. Companies that already exceed the mandated Emiratisation quota can expect financial discounts to help sustain growth.

“The quota continues to increase year by year, with the country’s aim that by the end of 2026, in line with the UAE Cabinets resolution, companies should have achieved a 10 per cent Emiratisation rate,” said Samantha Wright, Emiratisation Lead at Michael Page UAE.

This move is part of the federal programme Nafis, that is aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Emirati human resources and empowering them to occupy jobs in the private sector. “Nafis is in place to support, offering various benefits including the Emirati salary support scheme, which has seen a further increase in 2022, specifically for UAE citizens specialising in specific fields including Coding, Nursing and Accounting,” added Samantha. “The programme will also offer a subsidised five-year government paid contribution, on the company’s path against the cost of pension plans, for all the Emirati staff and child allowances.”

Here is a breakdown of what salary ranges Emiratis can expect for positions in selected fields:

Finance and Accounting ( Private sector)

Finance Director: Dh48,000 – Dh90,000

Accountant: Dh18,000 – Dh28,000

Investment Director: Dh55,000 – Dh110,000

Human Resources (Private Sector)

Head of HR/Director: Dh40,000 – Dh80,000

HR Specialist (3+ years' experience): Dh24,000 – Dh34,000

PRO: Dh16,000 – Dh26,000

Legal (Private Sector)

Chief Legal Counsel: Dh72,000 – Dh120,000

Paralegal: Dh22,000 – Dh32,000

Compliance Officer: Dh15,000 – Dh28,000

Marketing (Private Sector)

CMO: Dh58,000 – Dh110,000

Marketing Manager: Dh25,000 – Dh45,000

Social Media Manager: Dh17,000 – Dh35,000

Office Support (Private Sector)

Office Manager: Dh24,000 – Dh40,000

Personal Assistant: Dh18,000 – Dh30,000

Receptionist: Dh15,000 – Dh22,000

Procurement and Supply Chain (Private Sector)

Chief Procurement Officer: Dh90,000 – Dh125,000

Procurement Manager: Dh30,000 – Dh50,000

Procurement Officer: Dh16,000 – Dh30,000

Technology And Data (Private Sector)

CTO: Dh70,000 – Dh150,000

Data Manager: Dh40,000 – Dh55,000

IT Officer: Dh18,000 – Dh28,000


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