HR Salary Expectations and Trends in the Middle East 2015

HR Salary Expectations and Trends in the Middle East 2015

As an HR professional you are often familiar with the hiring process, yet maybe not so much when it comes to yourself.

Strong economic growth in 2014 installed greater confidence in the hiring market for 2015, creating demand for further HR professionals across the entire Middle East region.

Experienced and educated HR professionals are sought after to fill the newly created positions. Those with a strong knowledge of process and efficiency in the marketplace, candidates with 5-8 and 15+ years’ experience are in demand the most, according to the Robert Half Middle East Salary Survey.

In addition to positions created, an increase in salaries and benefits to help companies retain their top talent is a rising trend in 2015. The economy’s prosperous forecast has led to large investments in key departments.

Investment among their own employees and infrastructure is common, however it has also intensified the hunt for competitions top talent. As a counterpunch, companies are therefore increasing salary and benefit packages to current employees to help retain their top talent in order to get ahead of other organizations.

Skills in demand include:

  • Performance management, organisational design and talent management.
  • Strong knowledge of software such as SAP and Oracle.
  • International and multinational exposure.
  • CIPD, SHRM and MA, HR management qualified.
  • Manufacturing and FMCG experience in Dubai.
  • Banking and finance in Abu Dhabi.

Positions in demand include:

  • Regional HR managers.
  • HR managers with specific industry experience.
  • Executive/Personal assistants.
  • Senior compensation and benefits specialists.
  • Learning development and talent management.

Salary Expectations

HR Managers are expected to see the largest increase in salary in 2015 with a 4.8% increase. However, overall this is the standout increase with most positions hovering around the 2% increase mark.

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