IT and Technology Salaries in UAE for 2024

Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Vadim

The IT and Technology sector in Dubai and the broader UAE has experienced modest salary increases over the past year, a trend expected to persist into 2024. Despite the region’s growing attractiveness for businesses setting up offices, the job market is becoming less competitive. However, there remains significant demand for project managers and senior leaders capable of overseeing these new operations.

Salary Overview

  • Average salary increase: +1.2%
  • Leadership roles: +1.7%
  • Project management: +3.6%
  • IT security, support, software development, systems administration, and architecture: No change
  • Network support: +2.1%

Most In-Demand Roles

  • Project Manager
  • Software Developer (front-end)
  • Software Developer (back-end)
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Head of IT

Most In-Demand Technical Skills

  • Oracle Fusion
  • Java
  • Python
  • Test automation

As the demand for IT professionals continues, those equipped with skills in Oracle Fusion, Java, Python, and test automation are particularly sought after. Companies are on the lookout for capable project managers and developers to lead and support their technological advancements. The steady salaries indicate a stable job market, yet the need for expertise remains critical.

Key Survey Insights

  • Job Search Intentions: A significant proportion of IT professionals are considering new roles, with 24% likely to look for a job in Q4 2023, 16% in Q1 2024, and 11% in H1 2024. About 23% are open to changing jobs during 2024, while 26% are not planning to seek new roles.
  • Factors Influencing Job Change Decisions:
    • Salary
    • Corporate Values
    • Benefits
    • Progression Opportunities
    • Living Allowances

Demand for Senior Leaders

The relaxed business rules and government incentives to encourage start-ups in the UAE have amplified the need for senior leaders. Roles such as CTO, CIO, and Head of IT are critical for establishing and running regional headquarters. Additionally, candidates with experience in ERP, e-commerce, SAP, and Oracle Fusion hold a competitive edge in the job market.

Candidate Preferences

  • Flexibility and Stability: The job market reveals a preference for stability among candidates. With fewer flexible working options available, employees typically work from home only one day per week.
  • Attractive Packages: Rising living costs make competitive packages more crucial. Mid-level businesses are advised to enhance their offerings to attract top talent.

This landscape suggests that while opportunities abound, particularly for those with specialized skills and leadership experience, the evolving market dynamics necessitate attractive and flexible employment packages to secure the best candidates.

IT and Technology Salaries in Dubai/UAE – 2024

Below is a comprehensive salary guide for various roles in the IT and Technology sector in Dubai/UAE for 2024. This guide covers leadership, IT security, support, software development, project management, systems administration, architecture, and network support roles. All salaries are listed in USD and AED.

Individual Salaries IT Dubai & UAE 2024

Leadership

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
    • Lower Range: $210,000 (AED 771,300)
    • Mid Range: $305,500 (AED 1,123,185)
    • Higher End: $401,750 (AED 1,476,437)
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
    • Lower Range: $214,250 (AED 787,022)
    • Mid Range: $310,750 (AED 1,142,265)
    • Higher End: $407,000 (AED 1,496,290)
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
    • Lower Range: $182,000 (AED 668,794)
    • Mid Range: $226,250 (AED 831,232)
    • Higher End: $260,250 (AED 955,345)
  • Chief Architect
    • Lower Range: $163,500 (AED 600,619)
    • Mid Range: $198,500 (AED 729,188)
    • Higher End: $233,500 (AED 858,026)
  • Information Technology Manager >10 years’ experience
    • Lower Range: $106,000 (AED 389,146)
    • Mid Range: $149,000 (AED 546,956)
    • Higher End: $197,000 (AED 722,930)
  • Information Technology Manager <10 years’ experience
    • Lower Range: $92,500 (AED 339,737)
    • Mid Range: $98,000 (AED 359,789)
    • Higher End: $124,500 (AED 456,948)
  • Chief Digital Officer (CDO)
    • Lower Range: $189,250 (AED 713,515)
    • Mid Range: $252,000 (AED 949,068)
    • Higher End: $319,000 (AED 1,202,233)

IT Security

  • Security Engineer
    • Lower Range: $83,000 (AED 312,472)
    • Mid Range: $108,000 (AED 406,356)
    • Higher End: $133,250 (AED 501,062)
  • Security Analyst
    • Lower Range: $59,000 (AED 222,214)
    • Mid Range: $90,000 (AED 338,310)
    • Higher End: $121,000 (AED 454,214)

Support

  • Applications Support
    • Lower Range: $49,000 (AED 184,877)
    • Mid Range: $79,000 (AED 298,930)
    • Higher End: $104,000 (AED 393,468)
  • IT Administrator
    • Lower Range: $43,000 (AED 162,355)
    • Mid Range: $73,000 (AED 275,690)
    • Higher End: $101,000 (AED 381,026)
  • IT Support Manager
    • Lower Range: $80,000 (AED 302,480)
    • Mid Range: $103,750 (AED 392,583)
    • Higher End: $129,750 (AED 491,224)
  • Techno Functional Consultant
    • Lower Range: $73,000 (AED 276,990)
    • Mid Range: $98,750 (AED 374,345)
    • Higher End: $123,500 (AED 468,245)

Software Development

  • Front-End Developer
    • Lower Range: $53,750 (AED 203,318)
    • Mid Range: $96,500 (AED 364,625)
    • Higher End: $138,250 (AED 522,686)
  • Back-End Developer
    • Lower Range: $56,250 (AED 212,300)
    • Mid Range: $104,250 (AED 394,555)
    • Higher End: $154,250 (AED 583,465)
  • Fullstack Developer
    • Lower Range: $60,000 (AED 226,860)
    • Mid Range: $111,250 (AED 421,700)
    • Higher End: $163,250 (AED 618,110)
  • Development Manager
    • Lower Range: $92,000 (AED 347,836)
    • Mid Range: $129,000 (AED 487,905)
    • Higher End: $169,000 (AED 639,793)

Project Management

  • Project Management Officer (PMO) Head
    • Lower Range: $136,500 (AED 515,315)
    • Mid Range: $160,000 (AED 603,760)
    • Higher End: $186,000 (AED 701,362)
  • Project/Programme Manager
    • Lower Range: $102,000 (AED 385,368)
    • Mid Range: $124,000 (AED 468,952)
    • Higher End: $149,250 (AED 564,475)

Systems Administration

  • Systems Analyst
    • Lower Range: $49,500 (AED 186,343)
    • Mid Range: $71,000 (AED 267,241)
    • Higher End: $93,250 (AED 351,032)
  • Systems Administrator
    • Lower Range: $44,000 (AED 165,535)
    • Mid Range: $65,000 (AED 244,815)
    • Higher End: $87,500 (AED 329,438)
  • Technical Support Specialist
    • Lower Range: $56,500 (AED 212,537)
    • Mid Range: $75,500 (AED 283,588)
    • Higher End: $98,500 (AED 370,318)
  • Database Administrator
    • Lower Range: $52,250 (AED 196,563)
    • Mid Range: $74,000 (AED 278,198)
    • Higher End: $97,000 (AED 364,283)

Architecture

  • Enterprise Architect
    • Lower Range: $112,000 (AED 421,181)
    • Mid Range: $142,000 (AED 533,072)
    • Higher End: $172,750 (AED 648,370)
  • Solutions Architect
    • Lower Range: $110,250 (AED 414,618)
    • Mid Range: $141,000 (AED 530,008)
    • Higher End: $178,500 (AED 671,117)

Network Support

  • Network Architect
    • Lower Range: $140,000 (AED 526,580)
    • Mid Range: $160,250 (AED 602,009)
    • Higher End: $181,750 (AED 682,200)
  • Network Manager
    • Lower Range: $87,500 (AED 329,438)
    • Mid Range: $122,250 (AED 460,134)
    • Higher End: $157,500 (AED 592,932)
  • Network Engineer
    • Lower Range: $64,750 (AED 243,463)
    • Mid Range: $86,500 (AED 325,234)
    • Higher End: $108,750 (AED 408,996)
  • Network Administrator
    • Lower Range: $61,250 (AED 230,011)
    • Mid Range: $78,250 (AED 293,824)
    • Higher End: $96,500 (AED 362,203)

This comprehensive guide provides a detailed overview of the salaries and job market trends in the IT and Technology sector in Dubai/UAE for 2024. Whether you are a project manager, software developer, or a senior leader, understanding these trends can help you navigate your career in the region.

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