One of the most asked questions I face is: how much am I going to be paid in Dubai? Even though the answer can vary greatly, you can still actually come up with a reasonable approximation of how much you are going to be paid in Dubai by following the methods that are outlined here.
To plan your life in Dubai safely and accurately, you need to align your expectations with reality. That’s why you need accurate approximation of your salary. To get that, you’re going to have to do some research of your own.
You can do your Dubai salary research online or offline or both. I will provide you with the information you need and will tell you about the benefits of each, and it is up to you to choose.
Question: what can you do online to find out your expected Dubai salary?
- Check out the listings of Dubai recruitment agencies
- Check out Dubai job sites
- Use Dubai salary calculators
- Read Bayt’s salary survey reports
I will take you through each one of the bulletpoints above…So let’s start…
Check out the listings of Dubai recruitment agencies
There are dozens of recruitment agencies in Dubai. However, only a few of them have fully maintained and up to date websites that provide salary information. Here are the three recruitment agencies that have listings I recommend you check for salaries:
- Jobtrack Middle East – http://www.jobtrackme.com
- BAC Middle East – http://bacme.com
- Nadia Middle East – http://nadia-me.com
For more, check out the the recruitment agency listing in Dubai Career’s Directory.
Even though the websites above don’t have the most user-friendly design and navigation, they do have rich listings that may give you valuable insight into Dubai salaries. Be aware, however, that some of these salaries are inflated to attract applicants or intended for IDEAL candidates.
Check out Dubai job sites
Another or additional way to measure your expected Dubai salary is to check out the listings on Dubai job sites. Some employers indicate a salary range in their job postings.
Just like with recruitment agencies, there are dozens of job sites in Dubai. Here are two that you can start with:
For more, check out the the job sites listing in Dubai Career’s Directory.
Do a search for your desired position on those sites, and see if there are postings that indicate a salary range.
Use Dubai salary calculators
A third way to investigate your expected Dubai salary online is to use Dubai salary calculators (which are based on salary surveys).
The seemingly most comprehensive salary calculator for Dubai and the one that I would recommend is PayScale’s.
There are several reasons why you might want to do offline salary research, such as:
- All of the above online methods didn’t provide enough information for your specific case
- You want to confirm your online findings
- The online research may take longer than this quick offline investigation
By offline investigation, what I really mean is that you call up a recruitment agency, tell them about your skills and experience, and ask them about the average salary for a profile like yours. It’s easy, quick and effective! I have done it a couple of times.
The most friendly recruitment agency I dealt with is IQ Selection. I recommend that you call them first. Their phone number is: +971 4 329 7770. Make sure that you ask for the recruiter who specializes in your specific industry.
As always, confirm your answers by calling a few other recruitment agents. You can find their phone numbers in my recruitment agencies list.
Now this kind of salary research should be enough to give you a pretty good idea of what you should expect to be paid in Dubai, so that you can plan safely and accurately!