What are the highest-paying healthcare jobs in the UAE?

The worldwide healthcare sector has been put under tremendous strain by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has also opened up a variety of job opportunities for particular parts of the industry.

According to recruitment firm Hays, the most in-demand healthcare jobs in the UAE right now are nurses, laboratory technicians, and general practitioners.

UAE healthcare organizations are also employing medical lab techs, pharmacists, medical receptionists, and infectious disease specialists, according to online recruitment agency Bayt.com.

Melissa Kostler, the senior business director for health care in the Gulf region at Hays says “All of these roles vary significantly with regards to the pay on offer and the different skills and experience required,”

“However, common requirements include candidates with degrees, who hold a UAE practice license following the rules and laws of the unified healthcare professional qualification requirements and who have post-qualification experience in their relevant field.”

According to the HR consulting firm Mercer’s Total Remuneration Survey, which polled more than 500 employers, salaries in the UAE’s life sciences industry, which includes pharmaceuticals and health care, increased the most in 2021, rising by 4.5 percent over 2020.

According to Ms Kostler, demand for home health care has surged as a result of the pandemic. Patients are increasingly expressing a desire to receive medical treatment in the comfort of their own homes, for which they are willing to pay a premium, according to her.


According to Dr Sirajudeen Moideen, chairman and managing director of Dr Sirajudeen Medical Group in Dubai, qualified, experienced nurses are in high demand in the UAE, particularly those with critical care unit expertise.

Dr Moideen further said “Nurses with no experience can get between Dh3,500 and Dh4,000 per month in private clinics while those with experience can get up to Dh6,000. It also depends on their field of experience. Theatre nurses can earn salaries up to Dh12,000 in major hospitals,” 

Nurses who work in Covid-19 vaccination centres on a temporary basis might earn between Dh8,000 and Dh9,000 per month, according to him.

According to Ms Kostler, there is a significant need for qualified nurses, particularly those who are currently in the UAE.

Nursing jobs require a lot of experience. Employers need qualified nurses with at least one year of experience conducting general health exams, administering, and assessing patient care, according to her.

Ms Kostler “This is different from previous years, when demand was higher for more specialist nurses. Salaries of nursing staff have increased up to 50 per cent since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.” 

Lab technicians

“Lab technicians can earn between Dh5,000 and Dh7,000 in a private clinic and Dh10,000 in a big hospital” 

While some businesses have had to reconsider the hiring strategies and run on a shoestring budget, many key functions continue to operate at full capacity or even above usual levels.

According to Shreyansi Gupta, head of marketing at Bayt.com, frontline roles – doctors, nurses, and public health professionals – involved in combating the spread of the coronavirus are in great demand.

General practitioners and others

According to recruitment specialists, following the breakout of Covid-19, there has been a spike in demand for general practitioners who can visit patients via teleconferencing in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Ms Kostler added “GPs are most in demand in the region, of all physician roles. This typically relates to qualified GPs with a minimum of five years’ experience, who are still learning rather than focused in a specific medical speciality” 

GP salaries have stayed relatively consistent year after year, and recruitment firms expect this trend to continue in 2021.

Dr. Moideen estimates that GPs in private clinics make between Dh15,000 and Dh16,000 per month.

In the meantime, skilled pharmacists can make up to Dh6,000 per year, and experienced medical receptionists can earn between Dh4,000 and Dh5,000 per year. 

Ms Gupta from Bayt.com said that in-depth knowledge of health and safety guidelines and procedures, excellent knowledge of nursing care methods and procedures, experience in a healthcare setting, [a] friendly and approachable personality, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, outstanding organisational and multitasking skills, and outstanding research skills are among the most common skills required for the aforementioned jobs.

Talent needed in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries

Meanwhile, according to Kinetic Business Solutions, which recruits for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, clients are focusing on commercial opportunities this year.

According to Chris Atkinson, managing partner of Kinetic Business Solutions, the most in-demand roles include country and general managers, commercial directors, medical representatives and product specialists, and sales, key account, marketing, human resource, and finance managers.

Mr Atkubsin says “Salaries vary depending on the size of the company. For example, a smaller local company may hire a key account manager for Dh20,000 a month whereas a larger global organisation would pay upwards of Dh30,000 a month,” 

According to Kinetic Business Solutions statistics, multinationals pay country and general managers between Dh75,000 and Dh95,000 per month, commercial directors between Dh70,000 and Dh80,000, and key account managers between Dh25,000 and Dh30,000.

Sales managers can make between Dh30,000 and Dh45,000 per month, while marketing managers can earn between Dh40,000 and Dh50,000 per month. HR managers, on the other hand, are paid between Dh30,000 and Dh45,000 per month, while financial managers are paid between Dh35,000 and Dh50,000 per month.

According to Kinetic Business Solutions’ data, product specialists are paid between Dh18,000 and Dh23,000, while medical representatives are paid between Dh15,000 and Dh20,000.

Mr Atkinson claims that all commercial employment come with excellent bonus systems in addition to the standard business benefits.

“We are seeing two scenarios this year – pharma and medical device companies coming into the UAE market from overseas to set up regional offices and those already in the UAE launching new products, which means they require a strong sales and marketing team to ensure they hit operational targets.” 

According to Mr. Atkinson, the ability to multitask and work well under pressure, adaptability and flexibility, attention to detail, and communication are among the top qualities desired by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Mr. Atkinson says that mid-level positions necessitate at least three years of experience in a similar function as well as the necessary certifications.

Source: The National News 

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