Qatar pay-deals worth 11%.

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Salaries in Qatar's private sector grew at a rate of 11.1% in the year to August 2006, up from 7.9% in the previous year. In the UAE, they grew 10.3% , according to a report from Dubai-based online recruitment company The average increase for the Gulf was 7.9%. The highest wage hikes were in construction and banking, while health and education registered lowest growth.

Economic growth and growing competition for talent were cited as the key drivers of pay rises. Spiralling living costs, particularly in Qatar and the UAE also contributed but were forcing some expatriates to leave as high inflation had eroded their saving potential. Other factors included economic growth in India, traditionally the main supplier of expatriate workers to Gulf countries, and the weak US dollar which affected recruitment from Europe as Gulf currencies are pegged to the US dollar.

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