'Average' construction salary is $6047 per month

Salary survey reveals pay levels for construction professionals

61% of white collar construction staff expect a pay rise during the next year
61% of white collar construction staff expect a pay rise during the next year

The average salary of a ‘white-collar’ construction worker in the Gulf is US $6047 (AED22,200) per month, according to results from the ConstructionWeekOnline.com salary survey.

This figure drops to $5190 per month if executive positions, such as CEO and managing director, are excluded from consideration.

A total of 1221 people took part in the survey, which was conducted online during April to September 2009. People selected salary windows and job titles to describe their position.

Project manager was the largest single designation of respondents, with around a quarter of those who provided both salary and job title details selecting this option to describe their role.

Results indicated that the average salary of a project manager is $7774 per month. The next largest category was project engineer, with an average salary of $4023.

The top three countries of origin for survey respondents were India, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

Respondents work in all the GCC nations, but a large majority (77%) work in the UAE.

Despite the impact of the recession, the results show signs of optimism. Opinions on the likelihood of securing a pay rise, or even just retaining a job, are surprisingly positive. A staggering 61% of respondents believed they would receive a pay increase at some point within the next 12 months.

Responses were voluntary and passively solicited online. Respondents were not asked to provide their names or any contact details. Results were collected and collated by a third-party provider.

Full results and analysis from the survey will be published on Saturday 21 November, in issue 297 of Construction Week.

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