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Revealed: the gender pay gulf dividing UAE counsel

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  • “I’ve been to Saudi on a few occasions and there’s absolutely no way I’d go and work there, even if somebody offered to triple my salary.”
    oh Yes!!

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  • I'm confident that there are no more than a handful of senior in-house lawyers in the region making upwards of GBP400k as reported here.
    95% of regional GCs don't even make that number in US dollars; the market rate for GC roles is between $250-350k depending on sector, a salary around $650k is very rare indeed. The "gender gap" looks as stark as it does because this quoted top-end figure is practically an anomaly.
    Another factor skewing the results is that there are comparatively very few top in-house jobs based in the region, as most international institutions still house the majority of their legal teams in their London or NY HQs.
    As for living and working in Saudi, it really isn't that bad. The expat compounds, though expensive, are like self-contained 5* resorts and if you spend a couple of years there you will almost certainly leave healthier and wealthier than when you arrived.

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  • I've been in the UAE since 1997 and I've never seen or heard of any lawyer outside of private practice (partners) earning anywhere near these kinds of salaries. At best, GC's might expect to earn AED100k-AED125k per month (all in). The notion of GC's earning AED200k as the norm is fanciful, save that there might be a few (i.e. one or two) Emirati lawyer(s) at some governmental dept(s) earning a crazy wage...
    Also, I would be interested to understand what is meant by in-house counsel at "the more junior end" earning AED140k. Again, this is simply not believable for anyone with even a passing knowledge of the UAE legal market.
    And BTW - it would be great if you recruiters would stop cold calling me asking if I need any staff.

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  • what are the general requirements for an female in house legal counsel in UAE? kindly let me know as I am interested to work in UAE.

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