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2009 Construction Week salary survey: the results

by Stuart Matthews on Nov 20, 2009

The age of respondents.
The age of respondents.
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The bulk of respondents (82%) were aged 26-50; in fact, 76% were 31 or over.

The Gulf is not a place for first-jobbers. The majority of people working in the region’s construction industry are old enough to have had a few years of experience, at the very least, in their country of origin.

However, it is seen as a place where an experienced person can capitalise on their skills, be exposed to a greater range of job options, or expand their career horizons.

Later in their career, people tend to move on, or move home, a factor sometimes related to children reaching a secondary education age.

International companies tend to hire from a wider range of nations and employ more Western Europeans and North Americans than companies described as either regional or local.

Local companies show a greater concentration of employees drawn from the wider region, especially Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Bigger companies tend to pay more across the board, though the highest earners were spread around from the smallest to the largest firms.

Smaller companies aren’t as good for the average worker, but show signs of being the best place to be for senior professionals up to general manager level.

The majority of construction employees in the region have taken jobs with new employers within the last three-to-five years.

It is clear this was in response to the available opportunities, but those in first are getting the best deal. As such, a larger proportion of the higher salary earners were represented by people who have worked for their current employer for more than five years.

This is the average across all professions and all GCC countries, though the majority of respondents are based in the UAE, with KSA and Qatar coming a distant second and third. People were asked to indicate their basic salary, exclusive of allowances.

There is a significant mix of nationalities in senior positions, especially among the engineering community.