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December 17, 2018

UAE Salary Guide 2019 - Public Sector

“We expect to see a great need for highly educated and capable Nationals to fill in various positions in the public sector.”

 

UAE Salary Guide 2019 - Public Sector
Cooper Fitch Dubai
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Expo 2020 and Vision 2021 are catalyst for job creation within the public sector.

Salaries in the Emirates are more competitive amongst both the public and private sector for nationals; there is a higher number of nationals working in the private sector in comparison to the previous year which is in line with Vision 2021 with the government aiming to increase the Emiratisation rate in the private sector. Moreover, hiring now is on the rise as the UAE is driven to complete projects and initiatives before Expo 2020. Dubai government entities have also awarded contracts and completed works related to roads, metro and infrastructure since the start of 2018. We expect to see a great need for highly educated and capable nationals to fill in various positions in the public sector.

There is a greater need for nationals with international experience.

The Emirates GDP growth is expected to bounce back from 2.9 per cent to 3.2 per cent with less focus on oil. This requires local talent with a strong background in finance, international affairs, healthcare, technology and social development. A big part of Vision 2021, is competitive knowledge and this is why having experience in utilising new technologies and a mindset that allows them to adapt to digital innovation is extremely important.

The Emiratisation move and the economic diversification of the country will cause an increase in the number of nationals in the private sector.

Employees working in the public sector will be placed in positions in private companies as part of plans to boost Emiratisation. The so-called Citizen Redistribution Policy between public and private sectors will delegate experienced staff working for the state to work in “leading positions” in the private sector on a rotation basis.

There has been a prevalent rise in assessments and more extensive recruitment process.

We are starting to see a growing trend where the public sector entities are depending on psychometric tests to gauge the suitability and capability of candidates. It helps them to select the most suitable candidates during the recruitment process and gain additional objective information about potential employees. There is also a growing need for individuals with strong leadership skills such as a collaborative mindset, a proven track record, transparent, a team builder and an individual who works effectively with board members and chairmen.

Embracing technological advancements are at the forefront of the country’s national development plans.

The Public sector is going through transformation and technology is on the top of their agenda. After being the first country with a minister of Artificial Intelligence, the public sector in the UAE are integrating technology and robotics to increase efficiency and reduce time spent on tedious tasks. His Excellency Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, stressed that the UAE government has been a pioneer in recognising the importance of advanced technologies in shaping the future, in addition to its role in achieving leadership and development. Moreover, the ministries are looking for techniques via which they can integrate all governmental services for a more efficient and collaborative workflow across the country.

 

TITLE

MIN

MAX

Undersecretary

125,000

200,000

Assistant Undersecretary

100,000

120,000

Executive Director

90,000

145,000

Public Policy Director

65,000

95,000

International Subject Matter Expert/Advisor

70,000

100,000

Chief of Staff and Human Capital

70,000

110,000

Chief of Administration & Shared Services

70,000

110,000

Chief of Communications

65,000

95,000

Director of Administration & Shared Services

50,000

80,000

Director of Human Resources

50,000

75,000

Chief Economist

80,000

130,000

Senior Economist

45,000

65,000

Economist

22,000

35,000

Policy Specialist

35,000

50,000

Policy Analyst

18,000

28,000

Deputy CEO

65 000

85,000

Deputy Director

50,000

75,000

Head of Strategy

80,000

125,000

Head of PMO

80,000

100,000

Strategy Director

60,000

80,000

Strategy Manager

35,000

50,000

PMO Manager

45,000

55,000

Strategy Analyst

18,000

25,000

PMO Coordinator

15,000

22,000

Monthly salaries in UAE Dirhams (AED). Salaries provided are exclusive of any bonus, guaranteed or otherwise. 

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