Jobs in UAE in 2022: 72% expect salary increase, 59% confident in opportunities – News

The big difference between an employee’s expectations and their current salary can lead to the UAE’s big quit


Published: Thu 24 Feb 2022, 18:43

Recruitment firm Robert Walters said the movement in the labor market will peak at the end of this month as the UAE’s “great quit” is yet to come.

The survey of 3,000 white-collar workers found nearly three-quarters of professionals (72%) expected a pay rise early this year. However, a Robert Walters survey of 500 UAE-based companies reveals that less than a third of employers (28%) had planned to make changes to existing compensation packages.

The stark difference between an employee’s expectations and their current salary is dubbed The Great Pay Divide. This could lead to the big quit that will play out throughout March.

Two-thirds of professionals said they will actively seek work in the first half of this year. More than half of respondents are “very confident” about job opportunities in their sector.

Jason Grundy, managing director of Robert Walters Middle East and Africa, said: “If salary increases are not on the agenda, it is crucial that managers reach out to their team to get an idea of ​​the plans. and how they, as an employer, can help.”

According to the Robert Walters 2022 Salary Guide, most white-collar professionals have kept their jobs, waiting for New Year’s evaluations to begin.


Later, professionals with 15 to 20 years of experience must have found that entry-level salaries increased at a faster rate than theirs, as the survey indicates that salaries for new hires increased by 6-8% in course of the last 18 months.

Jobs in “heroic” industries like technology and health care can increase one’s salary by up to 20%!

“The real asset for companies are professionals with more than 5 years of experience, in which certain sectors, such as legal and financial professionals, obtain salary increases of 20 to 30% when they change position. In tech, the salary increases are even higher, sometimes up to 50% for those with experience in software development or cybersecurity,” Grundy added.

William M. Mayer