[Kuwait] Decline in expatriate workforce across Gulf States [Kuwait] Decline in expatriate workforce across Gulf States

[Kuwait] Decline in expatriate workforce across Gulf States
11 Mar 2019

A new survey shows that the expatriate workforce across the Gulf States is declining, yet pay has not decreased, reports Al Bawaba (from an original story in Arabic daily Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Quabas).

The survey for 2018 payroll - from Middle East job site Bayt.com - has added more levels of low-wage jobs to the index than previous years, changing calculations and affecting the average expatriate salary figures as a result. Monthly pay dropped 20% from the last year, 2018’s average monthly salary now stands at $8,083.

The survey does not assess all expatriates together, instead, it divides expat workers from Western, Arab and Asian countries. The highest decline in the number of workers is in Saudi Arabia where the average dropped by 34.21%. In Kuwait, the average number of these expatriates declined by 27.73%. The drop was 26.74% for the UAE and 25.2% for Oman and 25.18% for Bahrain.

The top two expatriate positions in the Gulf are for chief executive or managing director of a multinational company. While the average expatriate salary rises from $33,988 to $34,990 (2.95%) the average local company CEO/MD salary increases from $ 22,031 to $ 24,950 (13.25%). Bayt.com say home country has little impact on that salary.

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A new survey shows that the expatriate workforce across the Gulf States is declining, yet pay has not decreased, reports Al Bawaba (from an original story in Arabic daily Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Quabas).

The survey for 2018 payroll - from Middle East job site Bayt.com - has added more levels of low-wage jobs to the index than previous years, changing calculations and affecting the average expatriate salary figures as a result. Monthly pay dropped 20% from the last year, 2018’s average monthly salary now stands at $8,083.

The survey does not assess all expatriates together, instead, it divides expat workers from Western, Arab and Asian countries. The highest decline in the number of workers is in Saudi Arabia where the average dropped by 34.21%. In Kuwait, the average number of these expatriates declined by 27.73%. The drop was 26.74% for the UAE and 25.2% for Oman and 25.18% for Bahrain.

The top two expatriate positions in the Gulf are for chief executive or managing director of a multinational company. While the average expatriate salary rises from $33,988 to $34,990 (2.95%) the average local company CEO/MD salary increases from $ 22,031 to $ 24,950 (13.25%). Bayt.com say home country has little impact on that salary.

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