IT salary survey 2014: The results

ACN’s annual IT Salary Survey aims to shine a light on the state of remuneration in the region’s IT sector

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IT salary survey 2014: The results The 2014 ACN IT Salary Survey received 386 qualified responses from IT professionals working in the Middle East.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 25, 2014

Global competition

According to the survey, the Middle East IT sector offers salaries that are broadly inline with the industry in other markets, particularly at higher levels. At lower levels, salaries may be somewhat below the average in other markets, with some peculiarities in some organisations.

“There is definite alignment that key talents are higher compensated as everywhere else. We would add that there is greater diversity in packages due to the fast growing and not fully structured market environment. What is very different from other markets we operate in worldwide is the fact that sometimes salaries are directly linked to the countries of origin (average level there) and there is no company-wide standard approach,” noted Daiga Trumpe of Pedersen & Partners.

Confidence in the market is high among respondents, with 58% believing that the region offers good career prospects, and 18% saying it offers very good prospects. With these conditions, the region can attract top talent to fill skills gaps, Suhail Masri of Bayt suggested: “The GCC and the UAE in particular have always attracted top talents from around the world.”

Click here to view the ACN Salary Survey 2014

Trumpe added: “We believe that region is very attractive due to large-scale developments (Expo 2020, FIFA 2022 etc) and therefore can offer highly professionally challenging business environment for top talents worldwide. Nevertheless, establishing stronger corporate governance and growing people leadership skills in the organisations would definitely help.”

Gary Kitanoski, Director, HRSource Consulting countered: The short answer to this is they can’t compete with the immediate demand but can plan for the future. There is a lack of specialist skills sets here in the region in key technical areas and though many regionally based universities offer such courses for instance in big data etc, this only ensures that a young workforce will be available for the future and doesn’t solve the immediate requirement for that desired skills set. Many IT vendors also have their own specialised trainee programs to combat this, but again will not resolve the direct need for such skilled staff, who must ultimately be targeted from overseas.”

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