United Arab Emirates Salary Guide 2022


Welcome to the 2022 edition of the Cooper Fitch Salary Guide for the United Arab Emirates.

Despite the challenges we faced on a global scale due the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 has been a year of recovery and growth in the UAE, which has been reflected in the jobs market. This year, we based our salary guide around seven questions to increase the quality of data we are presenting to you. We spoke to over 600 organisations across the Emirates and asked them a range of questions about recruitment activity, salary trends and bonuses. This enabled us to create the most accurate prediction for the year ahead.

The UAE saw a significant recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic with a strong response from the government who quickly and efficiently rolled out vaccination programmes. This allowed restrictions to ease, tourists to enter the country and the capital to open its border, which contributed to easier movement between the Emirates for both residents and tourists.

The UAE is a highly developed market with a broad range of industry sectors and consumer trends, which affect the economy and jobs market. Many of the UAE’s traditionally strong sectors such as tourism, real estate, and aviation were hit hard during the pandemic but have since started to see a positive recovery with announcements of rehiring for both airlines and the hospitality sector.


Headcount in the UAE

30% of organisations surveyed across the United Arab Emirates said they made reductions to their headcount in 2021. Over half of those surveyed (52%) said they made increases to their headcount this year and 18% made no changes. For 2022, 23% of organisations will be reducing their headcount, whereas 59% will be increasing their headcount by up to 10% or more. These results reflect the ever changing skill requirements of the UAE.





Research Methodology

Cooper Fitch surveyed over 600 business leaders responsible for key decision making who are based in the United Arab Emirates. The survey asked various confidential questions focused on the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, recruitment activity, salary and bonus payment decisions for 2021 and 2022.

The data represented in our salary guide represents the responses we received from our clients and professional network and is representative of those responses exclusively.


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