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GCC warms to pension funds
17 January 2014
The establishment of private pension funds could help attract talent and boost the capital markets in the Middle
East. But, Hardeep Dhillon asks, will they catch on in the region?
Now that the economies and markets of the Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) countries are soaring again, employee
compensation and retention have resurfaced on boardroom
agendas. Further economic progress will require a fresh wave of
talent so companies must consider enhancing employee benefit
solutions in an effort to attract skilled professionals.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Saudi Arabia lead the
GCC region for talent, according to Insead's Global Talent
Competitiveness Index published in November 2013. Expatriates
account for the vast majority of the GCC's population,
representing roughly 80% of the population in the UAE, Qatar,
Kuwait and about 35% in Saudi Arabia. However, there are no
formal pension arrangements for expats.
Every GCC state makes it compulsory for an employer to give
employees a lump sum when they leave service. This
end-ofservice benefit (EoSB) or gratuity is based on a formula
involving length of service and final...
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