The Arab country is also hiring for qualified professionals in the role of a manager and administrator. Below are some of them:

1. Chief executive officers 

Average monthly pay including allowances: Dh100,000

Salary range: Dh75,000 to Dh135,000

Salary applicable to: Bank CEOs

What CEOs do/ why they earn much:

Chief executive officers serve as leaders in organisations, so everything they do and all the decisions they make can have an impact on the company’s bottom line. “They are normally appointed to their roles by a board of directors, if they have been with the business for years, they have most likely worked their way up the ladder and had a very positive impact on the overall business growth and potentially led the business to [an initial public offering],” says Jennifer Campori, Charterhouse managing director.

“The argument of whether CEOs deserve high salaries has long been debated, [and] the best answer I can give is that some deserve the high salary and others are paid a high salary simply because they can command that [pay]. Overall, CEOs should be the keystone to a business, inspiring leadership and hopefully, transforming a business,” she adds.

What it takes to get the job: The qualifications would depend on the nature of an organisation, but it is ideal to have both a graduate and undergraduate degree, with a strong background in finance and leadership.

Other job titles offering the same average monthly pay: CEOs in oil and gas companies

Source: Charterhouse

2. Top accounting, finance professionals

Average monthly pay including allowances: Dh75,000

Salary range: Dh55,000 to Dh90,000

Salary applicable to: Chief financial officers (CFOs)

What CFOs do/ why they earn much:

Chief financial officers rank high on the pay scale because they are seen as a “key trusted strategic adviser” of an organisation, says Colleen Schooling, regional head, Europe and UAE, at CPA (Certified Public Accountants) Australia.

“In today’s world, the perceptions and recommendations of market analysts play a big part in determining the value of company share prices via their ability to deliver future profits and cash flows to shareholders. They determine that by analyzing key data prepared and communicated by corporate CFOs. Hence the CFO’s salary, given their importance with this role, has gone up the pecking order,” says Ralph Khoury, CFO at TBWA\RAAD Middle East.

What it takes to get this job: The key to become a successful CFO is to have a passion for finance, accounting and delivering shareholder value. “You can’t be afraid of making the tough, and of course being your own man. CFO qualifications are important. Economics and Accounting Majors provide a good base, as does ongoing professional development under the CPA mantra. But at the end of the day, it is the real life experience of handling those tough decisions that provide the best qualification,” adds Ganesh Prabhu, CFO, Simmons & Simmons Middle East.

Other job titles offering similar compensation: engineering project directors

Source: Charterhouse

3. Doctors

Average monthly pay including allowances: Dh 73,460.75

Salary range: Not available

Salary applicable to: Specialist neurologists, vascular surgeons, child psychiatrists/psychologists, heads of obstetrics and gynaecology

What neurologists do/ why they earn much:

The position, just like any other doctor, requires extensive training and education. “Neurologists are highly trained physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating the diseases of the brain as well as any impairment to the spinal cord, autonomic nervous system, peripheral nerves, muscles and blood vessels that are associated with any of these structures,” says Sharad Sindhwani, head of product development at Naukrigulf.

“Neurology comes under specialty medicine and a consultant in this area is highly valued and highly paid. The time required to become a consultant [or neurologist] depends upon a number of factors [including training]. Training time is minimum eight to ten years. Most often [they] are PhD/doctorate holders.”

What it takes to get this job:

To practice as a neurologist or a medical consultant in the Gulf region, one has to complete the registration and licensing process from the respective state council of health. “This is a rigorous process and obtaining a license is difficult,” adds Sindhwani.

Note: Some sources, however, claim that certain doctors like cardiologists make more than Dh180,000 a month, but this amount is believed to already include commissions. Small private clinics also tend to offer much lower rates.

Source: Naukrigulf

4. Senior bankers

Average monthly pay including allowances: Dh70,000

Salary range: Dh63,750 to Dh77,500

Salary applicable to: VPs for corporate banking, retail banking, branch network, alternate channels and asset and liabilities

What bank VPs do/ why they earn much:

“The VP of the bank is heavily involved in crucial decisions, including long-term large level loans, potential investments that can raise the profile of the bank and, to be honest, the senior level roles within banking are seen as the key decision makers that can transform the image of the bank,” says Campori.

“Normally, banking roles are a monthly salary and then an annual bonus that is made up of the individuals performance, the banks overall performance and potentially linked to key investments the individual has been involved in.”

What it takes to get this job: Senior banking positions are often filled by individuals that have worked their way to the top. “In most cases [they] have started at entry-level roles within the banking industry and worked their way up the ladder,” adds Campori.

Other roles that offer the same average monthly pay: Marketing vice presidents, project directors in oil and gas companies, bank chief operating officers (finance and operations)

Source: Charterhouse

5. Top IT managers

Average monthly pay including allowances: Dh60,000

Salary range: Dh50,000 to Dh80,000

Salary applicable to: Chief information officers (CIOs), IT directors

What CIOs do/ why they earn much: They lead and manage projects involving design, deployment, testing and support of business solutions. The job involves coordinating, setting up of an information technology department; defining policy and procedure, organizing structure and team management.

What it takes to get the job: The candidate should ideally have at least ten to 12 years’ experience in the IT field, working his way up from IT analyst to senior role to managerial level. “Candidates also need to be up to date with the latest technologies and certifications,” says Farhan Khan, IT recruitment consultant at Hays. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in computer or IT and at least three to four years in a managerial role. “Leadership skills is a must,” says Khan.

Other roles with similar pay: Executive creative directors

Sources: Hays, Kingston Stanley, Charterhouse

6. Pilots

Average monthly pay: Dh52,500

Salary range: Dh30,000 to Dh75,000

Why pilots earn much:

Pilots are highly sought after especially in the Gulf region, where the aviation industry is fast growing. “There is a worldwide shortage of qualified flight deck professionals and the Middle East carriers are a magnet for applicants. Additional benefits include free housing, utilities , school fees and provident fund investment,” says Giulianotti.

What it takes to get this job:

A number of exams and trainings, on top of a license, need to be completed. “Commercial pilots require a license which meets the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, and must pass a number of exams both written and oral and crucially pass a medical fitness exam,” says Giulianotti.

“Training can either be obtained privately through flight training schools which the individual has to finance at a cost of approximately $ 250,000 (Dh918,000) or through a cadetship with an airline where the student is tied to the airline for a set period of years. Pilot training is ongoing throughout the career path.”

Source: Nadia

12. Restaurant general managers

Average monthly pay including allowances: Dh50,000

Salary range: Dh25,000 to Dh 70,000

What restaurant general managers do/ why they earn much:

General managers are responsible for the overall operations of a restaurant. They don’t just manage staff and day-to-day operations, they also aim to boost sales. They’re usually expected to have full control of the budget and know how to prepare “profit and loss statements” which generally show whether or not the company is making money.

What it takes to get this job:

Most companies looking to hire a restaurant general manager would require candidates to have some background in finance or accounting, especially in managing profit and loss statements. Ideally, they must have worked in a food establishment or related business.

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