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News: Property industry salaries decline

Apr 4, 2014

Property and real estate industry professionals in Asia earned 3.4
percent less money last year, according to an annual survey conducted by
the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and real estate
recruitment company Macdonald & Co.

While overall salaries
declined to stand at an average of US$96,087 in 2013, real estate
professionals in Malaysia witnessed the highest growth in the region
although their salaries are still the lowest in the region.

decrease in the number of top-level positions in the industry was cited
by the report as being one of the reasons for the decline. Despite this,
56 percent of survey respondents reported they received a salary
increase in 2013, however just 11 percent received bonuses – down from
46 percent in the previous year. Those who received an increase saw a
10.1 percent rise.

Including salary, bonuses and other financial
rewards, the average take-home pay for property and real estate
professionals in Asia was US$140,874, according to the report which is
now in its eighth year.

Whilst Malaysian professionals reported
the lowest salaries, it was those in China who commanded the highest
salaries in Asia. Salaries in Singapore declined, with the government’s
property market cooling measures being noted as one contributing factor.

turnover in the industry is high, with 62 percent of survey respondents
also saying they are either “fairly likely” or “likely” to change
their jobs within the next 12 months. In contrast, some 78 percent are
either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their current employer.

Some 66 percent also predict their employer will increase headcount this year.

The survey recorded replies from 1,525 Asian real estate professionals between November 2013 and January 2014.



The full findings of the survey can be downloaded from:

Andrew Batt, International Group Editor of PropertyGuru Group,
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