Salaries in UAE vary widely depending on employee nationality, UAE experience, skills, Educational Qualification, some time employee history and work background.

First of all Let us clear that Federal Law of United Arab Emirates does not have the provision for minimum or maximum salaries. You will take what you have signed in Labour Contract.

But in case of Termination or Cancellation, you will required minimum salary for New Contract to avoid Ban,

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Note: Writing good amount of salary in Ministry of Labour contract will help you at the end of service gratuity pay.

As per the Latest Research and study conducted by world popular organizations and businesses in Middle East, salaries in UAE especially in Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are likely to increase 4.6 Percent in 2017.

The increment rate for UAE in the past 2 years has been an average of 4.0 percent; however, there has been an increase in the pay for employees across all industry sectors.

General Labours: (Un-skilled Labours)

Labourers from Asian Subcontinents including Pakistan, India, Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh are the Lowest paid workers in UAE.

hey are working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week with salaries starting from 600 AED to 1500 AED (maximum) per month including overtime.

Housemaids, Nannies: (Un-skilled Labours)

Lady workers mostly from Philippines, Indonesia working as Housemaids, Nannies, Cleaners, Gardeners, Drivers and Security Guards are under Category 4 and 5 are the second lowest paid workers in United Arab Emirates.

Salaries for Housemaids are set or mentioned by their respective governments of the country the come from it. As per our Experience Below were the basic salaries in Dirhams for Housemaids, Nannies and other home/villa workers, hope it will increase in 2017.


As per our Experience and research, 75% of Drivers not only in UAE but in all Gulf Countries are Pakistani Nationals.

They are hardworking drivers with good driving skills holding different license categories and are earning 2000 – 3000 AED per month for 8 – 12 hours a day with Friday off.

Indians particularly Singh’s (Sikhs) and Syrian are the most experienced drivers in UAE for Driving Heavy Vehicles such as Containers, Trailer Truck,  Buses and other heavy Machineries.

Receptionist, Secretaries, Service Sectors: (Skilled Labours)

Jobs in service sectors, Receptionist, Secretaries are the 3rd Low paid workers in United Arab Emirates. Majority of employees working on these positions are from Asia and mostly from Philippines.

Few of them are satisfied when upgraded to HR Assistant or personal Assistant to General Manger/Boss of large company, as they are getting attractive salaries that worth 2500 – 3500 AED with other benefits.

Middle Management, Supervisors: (Skilled Labours)

Managers and Supervisors for Shops, office, Showrooms or small companies with 30 to 40 workers are earning above 5000 AED.

They are mostly native Arabs or Asians including Indians, Pakistanis and Philippines nationals.

Category 1 skilled workers:

Salaries for Category 1 workers including Teaching staff, Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Directors, Senior Management and CEO are vary depending on Nationality and Experience, however salaries in Public sectors starting from minimum 5000 AED to 30000 AED or above.

Writing each and every profession details will take time to write and to read as-well, so we have decided to create a Table of average salaries for 2017.

Below Salary list is based on our own Experience:

Check below thins before Signing Contract:

Below are the basic items that every employee should ask from the company, sponsor or Employer before signing Labour contract. Few are not required but can and should be discussed to avoid future issues:

1: Basic Salary
2: 30 Days annual leave with Pay
3: Medical Insurance (must for Dubai visa holders from December 2016)
4: Gratuity Pay at the end of Service
5: Return Flight ticket or fare to home country
6: Accommodation
7: Food Allowances
8: Transportation
9: Contract Type (Limited or Unlimited)
10: Vehicle or Mobile phone Expenses

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