Western expats working in the GCC earn far more than expats from other areas of the world, according to a survey recently published in Gulf Business.
The 2012 Gulf Business Salary Survey focuses on expatriates living in the Gulf, breaking it down into Western, Arab and Asian expats, but doesn’t make mention of GCC citizens’ salaries.
The UK’s Daily Telegraph has published an analysis of the results, in which, journalist Justin Harper writes:
“For example, a Western expat in Saudi Arabia is paid on average six per cent more than an Arab expat and almost 30 per cent more than an Asian one. Westerners sit top of the tree in all Gulf countries, while Asian expats are the lowest paid across the region.”
The Gulf Business survey states that the highest salary for a Western CEO in Qatar is $33,463 a month. They say a Western personal assistant earns the lowest monthly salary for a Western expat - $5,214.