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GCC construction sector sees rise in salary delays

The prevalence of wage-related delays has seen a year-on-year increase in the GCC, according to the results of Construction Week’s 2016 Salary Survey

Almost a quarter of respondents to <i>Construction Week</i>’s 2016 Salary Survey reported having experienced salary disruptions during the past 12 months.
Almost a quarter of respondents to <i>Construction Week</i>’s 2016 Salary Survey reported having experienced salary disruptions during the past 12 months.

The prevalence of wage-related delays has seen a year-on-year increase in the GCC, according to the results of Construction Week’s 2016 Salary Survey.

The percentage of respondents who reported having experienced salary disruptions during the past 12 months has almost doubled since the 2015 survey.

Last year, 13.5% of those who completed the questionnaire said that they had witnessed salary delays during the preceding 12-month period. This year, almost a quarter of respondents (22.7%) have faced delays.

The mean average of the delays reported by respondents to the 2016 survey was 60.1 days, a steep increase compared to 2015’s mean average of 35 days.

One respondent reported having experienced two separate salary disruptions during the past year: a seven-month delay, followed by a three- month delay.

The individual who reported the longest delay – an entire year – commented: “It has been 12 months so far, and I don’t know what will happen next.”

Delays among this year’s participants ranged from four to 365 days.

An in-depth analysis of CW’s 2016 Salary Survey will be published in issue 634 of Construction Week, which will be published on 3 December.

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