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4 | UAE Salary Guide and Market Overview 2014

2014 will continue to
demonstrate strong growth
in the Construction industry
across the GCC the UAE,
Qatar and Saudi Arabia
specically being the
key drivers.
The UAE winning the Expo 2020 bid,
Qatars commitment to hosting the
2022 FIFA World Cup, and Saudi Arabias
continued investment into major
transportation and residential projects
will contribute to a signicant increase in
order books over the next 12 months.
Degree educated Design Engineers,
Planners, Cost & Contracts Managers and
Project Managers with experience on major
civil and transportation infrastructure
projects are particularly sought after,
specically in Qatar and Saudi Arabia where
ambitious transport and utility programmes
are currently underway.
Within the UAE, the renewed optimism
amongst the developers is showing an
increase in demand for Design Managers,
Planners, Development Managers and
Project Managers as they embark on new
real estate projects and also the re-launch
of previously shelved projects.
Whilst we expect the job market to
signicantly increase over the coming year,
the demands from clients will also continue
with the skillsets they are seeking. Degree
educated, professionally qualied candidates
are essential for middle senior
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AED Range Typical
Architect 18,000-30,000 25,000
Senior Architect 30,000-45,000 35,000
Associate 42,000-55,000 50,000
Interior Designer 15,000-30,000 25,000
Senior Interior Designer 25,000-40,000 35,000
Landscape Architect 15,000-30,000 20,000
Design Manager 30,000-45,000 35,000
Principal 40,000-60,000 50,000
Construction & Property
Monthly gross salary in AED within the UAE for full time positions.
management positions, and whilst
employers are open to candidates from
overseas with the necessary skillsets for
major civil projects, the trend remains very
much for candidates with proven GCC
design and delivery experience for those
employers looking to hire candidates for
real estate projects. Arabic speaking skills
are an advantage but not essential.
Top 3 roles in demand:
Cost & Contracts Managers
Design Managers
Project Managers
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Construction & Property
Cost/Commercial Management/Planning
AED Range Typical
Quantity Surveyor 23,000-35,000 30,000
Senior Quantity Surveyor 35,000-45,000 40,000
Commercial Manager 40,000-60,000 50,000
Senior Commercial Manager 50,000-70,000 60,000
Claims Manager 55,000-65,000 60,000
Project Controls Manager 45,000-65,000 55,000
AED Range Typical
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer 15,000-25,000 20,000
Senior Mechanical/Electrical Engineer 25,000-40,000 30,000
MEP Manager 30,000-50,000+ 40,000
Civil/Structural Engineer 18,000-25,000 21,500
Senior Civil/Structural Engineer 25,000-40,000 30,000
Resident Engineer 20,000-30,000 25,000
Senior Resident Engineer 30,000-45,000 40,000
Associate 30,000-50,000 40,000
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Construction & Property
Facilities Management
AED Range Typical
Facilities Manager 20,000-30,000 25,000
Senior Facilities Manager 30,000-40,000 35,000
Technical Facilities Manager 35,000-45,000 40,000
FM Operations Manager, Senior 40,000-50,000 45,000
Director Facilities Management 45,000-55,000 50,000
Real Estate/Property
AED Range Typical
Leasing Managers in-house 25,000-35,000 30,000
Development Manager 40,000-50,000 45,000
Development Director 55,000-85,000 70,000
Associate Director 30,000-38,000 35,000
Property/Asset Manager 20,000-35,000 28,000
Valuations Manager (4yrs PQE) 28,000-32,000 30,000
Valuations Director 40,000-50,000+ 45,000
Research Manager 25,000-35,000 30,000
Monthly gross salary in AED within the UAE for full time positions.