Private sector salaries in the UAE are forecast to increase at an average rate of 6.3 percent this year, new research shows
The finding was published in GulfTalent.com's sixth annual review of labour market trends entitled "Employment and Salary Trends in the Gulf 2010-2011", which followed a survey of 32,000 professionals and 1,400 companies across the six Gulf states.
Among the other findings, it was shown that the UAE saw an average salary increase of 5.2 per cent in 2010.
Across the Gulf region, with consumer spending picking up, the retail sector saw the highest pay rise at 6.4 per cent, while education had the smallest increase at 3.8 per cent.
GulfTalent.com said pay increases were largely driven by employers' efforts to retain their top performers, as well as continued growth in Asia, the main source of talent for the Gulf.
"The employment market in the Gulf is expected to continue growing at a moderate pace, aided by global economic recovery, rising oil prices and continued government spending on infrastructure projects," added the site.
"Sixty-one per cent of companies surveyed expected to increase headcount in 2011, compared to nine per cent who planned staff cuts."