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Saudi-based top executives highest-paid in the Gulf region

Top Saudi executives are on average receiving between $38,819 and $46,960 as a monthly salary.

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With the GCC’s economic growth once again on an upswing, pay packages are now seeing a return to form following the dip in 2014. As per market research, average income across the region and across different sectors has registered a 7% surge with the turn of the year.

Meanwhile, top-tier executive salaries have seen a whopping 39% hike in some sectors in the GCC; CEOs in the construction sector – incidentally, the highest-paying sector for senior management executives in the region – now rake up to $1.2 million per annum as basic pay. Saudi-based tier-one executives, ranking the highest-paid in the region, are on average paid anywhere between $38,819 and $46,960 per month across sectors.

“The construction and real estate industries have experienced exponential growth in the last year. This is especially the case in KSA, Qatar and UAE, where multiple new projects are materializing. Top-level executives within these sectors are now in a position to reap the benefits of this momentum. Companies, too, stand to benefit with the knowledge that these talented executives are capable of adding value in terms of leading organizational development and augmenting income and profits,” said Mohamad El Turk, Partner at Rasd – the pioneering regional executive search firm boasts 25 years of market experience in the GCC – and specializes in connecting quality leadership talent with enterprises serious about building organizational capability in high growth markets.

Lagging slightly behind the construction sector in top-level executive pay scales are the commercial banking sector’s CEOs who earn basic incomes of anywhere between $600,000 and $1 million. Meanwhile, executives within the real estate, consumer goods retail and automotive sectors are now drawing anywhere between $350,000 and $550,000 per annum.

“Another trend we’re noticing is the need for candidates who have a profound understanding of local market dynamics. A trend that is driving companies, that are particular about their requirements, to invest in attracting talented indigenous executives who understand the corporate and cultural challenges, and as a result able to capitalize on the promising economic outlook of the region,” added El Turk.

Once again, this year Saudi Arabia and Qatar remain the highest paying regions within the GCC, especially for professionals in CEO-level roles.

Nadim El Said, Managing Partner at Rasd, said: “The cultural component plays a big role when hiring in GCC countries; multinationals are willing to pay significant amounts especially for highly skilled leaders who also exhibit cultural-compatibility. This trend is even more pronounced with local groups and conglomerates who seek leaders possessing a deep understanding of the region and that can communicate effectively with native stakeholders.”

This was first published by the Saudi Gazette.