Living Wage Series - United Arab Emirates - September 2020 - In AED, per Month

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The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator uses prices from the Cost of Living database that is the biggest data source for cost of living worldwide. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, mandatory deductions and other necessities.

The following table details the expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in AED)

  Typical family Standard family Single-adult
  from-to from-to from-to
Family size 3.5 4 1
Food expenses 1306-1656 1493-1893 373-473
Housing expenses 2260-2510 2260-2510 1510-1890
Transport expenses 361-560 361-560 181-280
Healthcare expenses 428-451 489-516 122-129
Education expenses 1543-2472 2057-3296 0
Drinking water expenses 88-97 100-110 25-28
Clothing expenses 162-279 186-319 46-80
Phone tariff (60 minutes) 36-38 36-38 18-19
5% extra expenses 309-403 349-462 114-145
Total cost of living 6493-8466 7331-9704 2389-3044
Earners per family 1.8 1.8 1
Net Living Wage 3607-4703 4073-5391 2389-3044
Mandatory payroll deductions 180-235 204-270 119-152
Gross Living Wage 3790-4940 4280-5660 2510-3200

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.


Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in AED)

The statutory Minimum Wages are laid down in laws or government regulations and therefore constitutes both a worker's rights and an employer's obligation. By contrast Living Wages are not prescribed by law and can therefore not be legally enforced. Instead, Living Wages provide a benchmark for employers who voluntarily commit to pay wages according to the local living standards.
WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators. Prevailing wages of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages.

Minimum wage 300
Living Wage - Single Adult 2510-3200
Living Wage - Typical Family 3790-4940
Real wage of low-skilled worker -
Real wage of medium-skilled worker -
Real wage of high-skilled worker -

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Figures in the table are rounded.

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