Our 2024 UAE Salary Guide and Market Report provides the latest salary information within Telecommunications & Mobile Infrastructure; Cloud Technologies, E-Commerce & Software, Smart Technologies, IoT and AI. Alongside these salary figures are concise market overviews, highlighting the main factors influencing recruitment within each sector. Alongside the salary figures are short market overviews, highlighting the main factors impacting recruitment within each sector. The salaries within this report are displayed as monthly earnings in UAE dirhams and are based on our experience of what businesses are willing to offer, as well as what candidates are expecting when making their next career move. I hope you find this report a useful guide and should you have any questions please contact Ahmed Khan.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS & MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
While some countries across the world are still having challenges launching a 5G network, the UAE have begun focusing on 6G, with one of the two UAE telecom service providers, du, initiating a move that will pave the way to introduce a 6G network by 2030. du’s ambition is to create an ecosystem in which every aspect of life can benefit from the unique features that advanced telecommunication and technology can offer, from improved connectivity and faster speeds to full-scenario IoT and extensive coverage. Telecommunications in the UAE looks very positive for the foreseeable future and recruitment will naturally see the benefit from this.
The growth in cloud technologies seen in 2022 continued in 2023 across Middle East, especially in United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA); and it is anticipated to grow at a much greater pace from 2024 onwards. Cloud adoption continued to accelerate across the region, increasing flexibility, scalability, and cost effectiveness for public and private organisations. According to a 2023 report*, the cloud market in the Middle East is estimated to reach $9.8 billion (USD) by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 21%. With 81% of businesses worldwide utilizing cloud-based applications, it is very clear that companies are accelerating their digital transformation and we only see this growing with many roles being recruited to meet this increased demand.
E-COMMERCE & SOFTWARE
Some call the UAE ‘the social media capital of the world’ with a score of 9.5 out of 10, according to proxy provider Proxyrack. Social media users in the UAE use an average of 8 platforms, the third highest in the world. With more business and personal transactions occurring online, such as paying utility bills, shopping, etc, the UAE was also named ‘the most connected country in the world’ with a score of 7.5 out of 10. However, there is still room for growth in this sector, which will translate into increased job opportunities. Figures published by global market data provider Statista, state that e-commerce revenues for the UAE are expected to reach $10.21 billion (USD) in 2023, with an annual growth rate of 7.65% for the period 2023-2027, and projected market volumes of $13.71 billion (USD) by 2027.
SMART TECHNOLOGIES, IOT AND AI
With the introduction of ChatGPT, Bard, and Microsoft Copilot, the AI industry has fully entered the consumer market. With internet usage all time high in all fields and sectors of life, the correct use of data is critical to making the right decisions, hence the need of efficient AI products. The UAE Government embraces AI solutions and tools across various sectors, with the objective of accelerating the digital transformation process and enriching performance standards. The Middle East is the second largest region when it comes to IoT, and this market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 27.5% during the forecast period. It is estimated that the global market will grow from $544.38bn in 2022 to $2,227bn (USD) by 2028, the UAE and wider Middle East region will represent a significant portion of this.
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