Still a long way to go

The results of the Construction Week salary survey are finally out

Conrad Egbert, Editor.
Conrad Egbert, Editor.

The results of the Construction Week salary survey are finally out, shedding a lot of light on the inner workings of the construction industry. Some pretty amazing trends have been revealed, along with some rather alarming facts.

A positive outlook for the future is evident with 61% of people expecting to get a pay rise in the next 12 months, coupled with only 8% of respondents claiming not to have received a pay rise for the past three or more years.

In addition, 78% of people get some kind of allowance along with their basic salary. These could be in the form of accommodation, commissions and bonuses, travel expenses, annual return air tickets, bi-annual air tickets and vehicles given to them by their companies.

On the flip side, the survey also revealed that despite the market maturing on a lot of levels, there’s still a long way to go before we see more professional recruitment practices being applied in the GCC.

We still haven’t reached the point where a candidate is assessed solely on their capabilities, experience and qualifications and are therefore paid accordingly.

Nationality is still among the leading factors in deciding remuneration packages.

The survey revealed that a typical construction professional from India earns almost US $2000 (AED7300) less than the industry-wide average each month.

The average salary of an Indian construction professional working in the Gulf is $4111 per month, which is $1936 lower than the industry-wide average of $6047 per month.

Similarly, the average salary of a project manager from India is $5617 per month, compared to an industry-wide average of $7774.

A total of 1221 people took part in the survey with Indian professionals being the largest single nationality group identified in the survey at 31% of respondents, followed by professionals from the Philippines and the United Kingdom.


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