The gender pay gap in MENA was 37% ©  Hossein Lohinejadian / EyeEm/ Getty Images
The gender pay gap in MENA was 37% © Hossein Lohinejadian / EyeEm/ Getty Images

How much have procurement salaries risen by in MENA?

The average procurement salary in MENA rose by 7.9% in 2021, according to the CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide.

The average salary for all MENA procurement and supply chain professionals was $63,847.

For professional level roles such as a procurement manager, the average salary was $84,000, and for operational level roles such as a procurement specialist it was $42,000. Advanced professional level roles such as a procurement director, received $138,000.

MCIPS-qualified professionals earned on average 82% more than non-MCIPS staff.

The gender pay gap among procurement professionals in MENA was 37%, with women receiving on average $18,774 less than men.

Three-fifths (58%) of respondents eligible for a bonus received one, which averaged 8.5% of salary. Private sector bonuses were 9.1% of salary and public sector bonuses were 7.4%.

Support for study and career development as the most desired work benefit (47%) but least likely to be received (17%). Flexible working hours were desired by 34% of respondents and received by 27%. Just over a quarter (26%) said they wanted flexible working, while 29% received it.

A third of procurement professionals said their work life balance had improved as a result of Covid-19.

Almost half of employers (47%) said it had been difficult to find the right talent, with a lack of technical skills and evidence of formal training the biggest challenge, cited by 64% of employers. Negotiation (57%), communication (44%) and sourcing (41%) were the most sought after skills.

More than half (55%) said they expected to be moving to a new role in the next six to 12 months. However, just under a third (32%) cited a lack of opportunities as the biggest reason to stay in their current role. The most important factor when considering a new job was salary, along with a company’s ethical and sustainable practices, both cited by 81%. This was closely followed by career progression opportunities (80%) and job security (78%).

Scott Dance, director, Hays Procurement & Supply Chain, said although there had been some caution, professionals were still open to moving roles for the right opportunity.

“Salary remains the most important factor to those looking for a new role, with job security following closely behind, a reflection of the wider economic disruption that has resulted from the pandemic,” he said.

“Other factors that emerged as important include the content of the work and career progression opportunities, which employers looking to hire should take care to showcase as part of their employee value proposition.”

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