Salaries in Persian Gulf region increase by 11.4 per cent

Inflation and talent shortages drive up wages but increases could ease with influx of Western expats
||Last Updated: 03/05/2009

Private sector salaries in the Persian Gulf region have increased by an average of 11.4 per cent over the last year, according to a recent salary survey.

The study by, a Middle Eastern online recruitment firm, found the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had the highest increases from August 2007 to 2008, at 13.6 per cent, followed by Qatar at 12.7 per cent.

Salaries in Oman increased by 12.1 per cent, while average increases in Bahrain were at 10.5 per cent, Kuwait saw increases of 10.1 per cent and Saudi Arabia had increases of 9.8 per cent.