Graduates polls apart in salary expectations
Emirati graduates expect a starting salary of Dhs27,000 compared to expat students who expect to receive Dhs9,000 for their first salary, according to new research. The figures were revealed in a study carried out by recruitment firm GulfTalent, in which 303 students and recent graduates from the American University of Sharjah were polled for their views on what they expect from prospective employers. The study revealed that 63 per cent of Emirati graduates want to work for a government organisation, compared to a mere six per cent of expats. The top choice for expats, with an overwhelming 91 per cent, was to opt for a multinational firm. The most popular choice of employer varied throughout the emirates. The most popular employer in Abu Dhabi was ADNOC, Emirates was the most popular overall and the top pick in Dubai was Unilever. Interesting and challenging work was what most graduates, 23 per cent, said they wanted from their employer. When asked if they wanted to work overseas, 24 per cent said the US is their preferred location, the UK was second with 13 per cent just ahead of Canada.