23 November, 2007

Pay Hike

"All federal government employees, including civilians and security personnel of the interior ministry, will get 70 percent salary hike with effect from January 2008 salary. The salary increase was ordered today by the vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan......"

"UAE's private sector has the ability to cope with the trend-setting 70 per cent salary hike declared by the Federal Government for its 60,000 employees, according to Dr Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash, Minister of State for Financial and Industrial Affairs............."

"Contractors in Dubai have raised wages of labourers by up to 20% following strikes this month over salaries inked to the declining dollar, the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) reported on Friday...."


Elysia said...

Is this ALL government employees?

hemlock said...

restaurants in bur dubai area are increasing their prices as a result of increase in wages.
umm. this is radiculous.

Editor said...

No price hikes

"The United Arab Emirates warned suppliers against raising prices of goods and services in an "unjustified" manner to take advantage of a 70% increase in federal government employee wages next year.
The UAE, where inflation hit a 19-year high of 9.3% last year, will raise wages of state civil and military employees by 70% from January 1, the government said last week........."


Mme Cyn said...

Hmph. I'll believe it when it shows up in my bank account. I remember the last tinme a government employee raise was announced -- I think it was 20%(?) about three years ago - and it certainly didn't show up in any of the paychecks of the 'foreign professionals' I know who work for the government. Self included.

B.D. said...

It was at least 25% for locals and I think 15% for non-nationals in government jobs just 2 and 1/2 years ago. So that's about a doubling in income for nationals in that short a time. If that isn't inflationary I don't know what is. I suppose that is what the government thinks it takes to get nationals to take jobs rather than live on the dole.

Another thing to note, however, is that the increase is on the base salary and not the full wages which often include numerous allowances. I'm sure lots of workers have base salaries as low as 50% of what they actually earn. So, 70% on top of that might only work out to a 35% salary rise. Still nothing to complain about!

Mme Cyn said...

Well, BD, I'm a non-national government employee (according to my contract, anyway) and I got mafi faloos in the last pay hike. I'm not holding my breath.

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