High-paying jobs: Dh20k for fresh graduates

High-paying jobs await Emiratis straight out of college

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It’s simple as that. In many cases, a job search ends as quickly as it begins

Dubai: Salaries of around Dh20,000 per month were on offer to Emirati graduates for joining as trainees, at a job fair exclusively for UAE nationals this week.

One position at the Careers UAE fair in Dubai invited fresh graduates for an Abu Dhabi bank offering Dh22,500 a month. Responsibilities involved gaining "first-hand experience on how the banking industry operates". The opening at the unnamed bank included fully-paid expenses for obtaining a master's degree.

The bank was offering 40 such positions to Emiratis only.

An IT company was offerings Dh20,000 for a "new fresh graduate joiner". After training, the candidate would be given Dh25,500. Requirements mentioned a "max" of six months' experience and English skills. Fresh engineering graduates were routinely offered "Dh23,000-plus", a skim through postings there showed.

Even diploma holders (below bachelor's level), receptionists, and sales and public relations executives without experience were offered Dh15,000-Dh18,000, sometimes with commission.

And Dh12,000 seems to be the going rate for secondary school leavers (grades seven to nine) with just a years experience as office coordinators and sales assistants.

An Emirati headhunter, who did not wish to be named, said Emiratis often ask for more benefits when working for private companies rather than ‘secure' government departments. "We [Emiratis] can't really ask for a ‘home' ticket since we live here, but it's not that uncommon for companies to give a ‘travel allowance' to, say, London. It can be above Dh20,000 per year, for a family of four," he said.

"You work longer hours in private companies, till five or six, so you should get more pay," he said.

Most Emiratis land jobs within the first six months after college, a job placement agency said.

Experience counts

Dh130,000: Executive Director of Finance, with 10 years' experience, for "semi-government sector" in Dubai

Dh100,000: Chief HR Officer, with 10 years' experience, for government department in Abu Dhabi

Dh70,000: Finance Manager, with eight years' experience, for a company in Abu Dhabi

Source: Ershaad recruitment agency


  • Partnership/stakeholder

    Mar 26, 2011 12:11

    Isn’t the salary structure a bit too high for fresh graduates? Getting this amount without any experience may not be good for the future of this country. These guys will never know what hard earned money is all about. And in reality, we will be building administrators rather than managers.

  • Paul

    Mar 25, 2011 10:45

    This is the height of unfair salary structures in the UAE. Expatriates will never get paid this much even if they are more qualified.

  • Abdul

    Mar 25, 2011 9:47

    There shouldn’t be any difference between the salary structure of an Emirati and that of an expatriate.

  • Upset Emirati

    Mar 25, 2011 9:35

    I’d like to point out that this report is biased and one-sided. The quotes are also from a single source -- perhaps a handbook given out to Emiratis at the career fair. A lot of Emiratis are hardworking and yet struggle with very less salary -- say Dh5,000 a month – and somehow support their families. The article fails to mention the difference of salaries in different companies. A semi-government company will pay much more than a small private firm. Salaries always depend on the type of company you work for. What’s advertised is not always what people get. Not all Emiratis are well off, like any other people -- some are while some aren’t. And it’s the Western expatriate who command a much higher salary than the Emiratis in many cases. Please do your research.

  • William

    Mar 25, 2011 8:01

    What about expatriates? A fresh Emirati graduate with no experience gets Dh15,000 to Dh18,000 and that too for the job of a receptionist! A fresh expatriate graduate may get Dh2,500-Dh3,000!

  • Bob

    Mar 25, 2011 2:29

    I wonder how many of these companies are providing jobs to meet a certain quota as opposed to genuine needs of the firm!

  • Richard Williams

    Mar 25, 2011 2:04

    Oh no! Working till 5pm or 6 pm? Of course much more money is need for working such “long” hours!

  • Raj

    Mar 24, 2011 9:44

    So what about expatriates who work for 12 hours and get quarter the amount?

  • Yasmin

    Mar 24, 2011 12:36

    I understand that the government wants to offer special salaries and perks to their nationals, but some expatriates, even if they have good qualifications and experience, are left with very little compensation. Things are even worse for fresh graduate expatriates. Since the education industry is booming here, many high-school leavers prefer to stay and continue their higher education in the UAE. I personally know many graduates who have great GPAs and potential, but are unable to get proper internships (even unpaid). So, if they don't have experience, it becomes virtually impossible for them to get a good job -- by good I mean a salary of more than Dh5,000, all inclusive. I hope the government would provide some facilities to an expatriate fresher as well. At the end of the day, we too play a major role in the growth of this great nation.

  • Ihab

    Mar 24, 2011 10:26

    I wish and hope that fresh expatriate graduates -- the ones from good universities and who really have capabilities -- can get at least half of their starting salaries. I am a soon-to-be fresh graduate from Middlesex University without no career prospects or even any leads.

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Isn’t the salary structure a bit too high for fresh graduates? Getting this amount without any experience may not be good for the future of this country. These guys will never know what hard earned money is all about. And in reality, we will be building administrators rather than managers.


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