Explore the average finance manager salary in the UAE
- SME: US$66,000 – US$115,000
- Large company: US$82,000 – US$164,000
Job prospects for finance managers
Finance managers are finding themselves in high demand within the UAE hiring market due to an entrepreneurial boom. Professionals with experience in establishing and developing finance processes and advising on growth and investment will be the most sought after.
The best job prospects will be awarded to finance managers who are able to show strong data management and data analysis skills. These are in high demand as companies adopt more advanced technology for business growth.
Similarly, when approaching forecasting and trend analysis, finance managers may gain better career prospects if they can demonstrate a forward-looking strategy.
Employers are placing a high value on professionals who have experience with reporting standards to combat the introduction of IFRS9 and other recent changes. According to research, regulatory issues are a concern for 41% of UAE business leaders.
Employers are looking more toward candidates with strong soft skills in specific areas to help support digital transformation strategies. Change management and heightened communication skills are the most valuable at present.
Finance manager salary opportunities
The average finance manager salary in Dubai and the wider UAE ranges from US$103,000 to US$105,000 in SME businesses — flexible benefits and perks are being offered by employers who are not yet able to meet or exceed industry benchmarks.
In larger companies, the finance manager payscale can start at US$98,100 and could reach anything up to US$145,400, depending on the experience and skill set of the professional.
When searching for industries which offer a high finance manager payscale and good job opportunities, finance professionals should look to technology, telecoms and aviation, which are showing the best signs of hiring growth overall and will continue to for the next few months.
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