UAE salaries are expected to improve according to this survey

Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of person? If you’re the former, you’re probably optimistic enough to ask your boss for a pay rise with a massive smile on your face. And it turns out you’re not alone – quite a few people are planning on doing the same in the next six months.

According to the latest results from the Middle East Job Seeker Confidence Survey by and YouGov, 47 percent of people believe their salary will get better in the next six months, while 15 percent think it will get worse (which sounds like a small portion of people surveyed are actually expecting a pay cut!).

As for job fulfilment, it looks like most people are pretty happy with their lot. Of the people surveyed, 48 percent said they were satisfied with their work-life balance, and 24 percent were neutral. And half said that they are satisfied with their career growth opportunities, with 24 percent remaining neutral.

And it turns out that people don’t think that they’re stuck in the same old job because there are no other options. More UAE respondents believe that there are currently “plenty of jobs available across various industries” in comparison to those who believe there are “few jobs available across few industries.”

This comes after a new salary guide published by Robert Half revealed that starting salaries for fields like technology, administration, finance and accounting is set to increase by 2.5 percent over the next year.

The guide that claims to be the “most comprehensive and authoritative resource on starting salaries and recruitment trends in finance and accounting, financial services, IT, legal, and HR and administration”, added that pay scales could increase by up to 5.8 percent in comparison to 2016.

Those looking for jobs in the finance sector could receive a 1.2 percent increase in their starting salary while those looking to join the UAE’s technology sector are set to receive an average starting salary increase of 2.4 percent.

According to the report, those looking for a job in human resources and administration can expect a starting increase by as much as 3.8 percent, while those looking for work in the nation’s legal department can expect a 3 percent starting salary increase.

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