Ayman Abouseif has seen the effects of the shortage of IT professionals in the industry. During a recent interview with a prospective hire, Abouseif, who is the regional vice-president of sales for SAP, was faced with what he considered "an extremely high salary demand".

Abouseif said so, but the candidate, who had previously worked for Dubai Municipality, replied that the salary was justified.

"Listen," he told Abouseif. "You're going to call me after hours. You're going to make me work on weekends."

In most industries, those complaints would get you shown the door, but in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry, the shortage forces companies and personnel to consider unusual terms and compensation.