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12k used to be a reasonable salary 3-4 years ago when the rents had gone low because of the 2008 crisis. Now, 12k is tough because you'll spend a lot on rent leaving you with less disposable income.
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Hi all,

By way of a brief introduction, we're a 28/29-year old married couple living in London. I work in PR/Content Marketing and my wife is a secondary English teacher. We both have 7 years' experience in our fields.

My wife's just been offered a job at a British school in Abu Dhabi. The package is as follows-

Salary: 15,000 AED
Free furnished accomodation
Flight allowance (1 return flight each a year)
750 shipping allowance at start and end of contract
Medical insurance

We were hoping, based on researching school payscales in AD, that she'd be offered around 17-18,000, and we're worried that this is a little low.

Of course, I'm now in full-on job hunt mode and won't rest until I've got one - average salary for me as a PR Account Manager would be around 20-25k, which would obviously make things a lot more comfortable.

The big question is this - if the worst comes to the worst and I simply can't find a job, are we likely to be screwed, or will we (with a bit of penny pinching and a few baked bean meals a week) just about make ends meet?

The second question is does anyone know how negotiable British school salaries are? Is there any point trying to push for 16,500-17,000 or is this likely to raise eyebrows (or worse, offend)?

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Hi all,

By way of a brief introduction, we're a 28/29-year old married couple living in London. I work in PR/Content Marketing and my wife is a secondary English teacher. We both have 7 years' experience in our fields.

My wife's just been offered a job at a British school in Abu Dhabi. The package is as follows-

Salary: 15,000 AED
Free furnished accomodation
Flight allowance (1 return flight each a year)
750 shipping allowance at start and end of contract
Medical insurance

We were hoping, based on researching school payscales in AD, that she'd be offered around 17-18,000, and we're worried that this is a little low.

Of course, I'm now in full-on job hunt mode and won't rest until I've got one - average salary for me as a PR Account Manager would be around 20-25k, which would obviously make things a lot more comfortable.

The big question is this - if the worst comes to the worst and I simply can't find a job, are we likely to be screwed, or will we (with a bit of penny pinching and a few baked bean meals a week) just about make ends meet?

The second question is does anyone know how negotiable British school salaries are? Is there any point trying to push for 16,500-17,000 or is this likely to raise eyebrows (or worse, offend)?
it doesn't hurt to challenge any job offer. It doesn't sound like they are a million miles off your research, so if you can bump them by 2K or so, all's good. There are, however, a lot of teachers wanting to come here..
Is her accommodation specifically for married staff? worth checking..
Does her medical cover you?

i don't know enough about Abu Dhabi, or your job, to know what your chances are, though..

i suppose the key question is, why would you move from a two salary situation with a welfare system to a one salary situation without? if you plan to have children, it's going to get tougher..

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How many years of experience?

I have 9 years of IT experience. Still in the process of negotiations....so the final pay level is not determined....but it will be in the vicinity of 30000 Dirham per month range.

What do you think? Is that sufficient for a young couple just starting out to live on and manage to save some money?

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I have 9 years of IT experience. Still in the process of negotiations....so the final pay level is not determined....but it will be in the vicinity of 30000 Dirham per month range.

What do you think? Is that sufficient for a young couple just starting out to live on and manage to save some money?
definitely.

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I have no clue regarding the hospitality industry, but 12k is kind of low.
International city is not a pleasant place, you can survive, even save money.

But you'll be working long hours, long commuting, live for the weekends.

Don't compare how much you make at home with your offer.

Think of the long term, quality of life, the ability to save.

Thanks a lot. does anyone work in hospitality guys?

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Hi everyone!! Hoping to get some your advice on the offer I have received for a Dubai company called Boutique 1.
I am a 26 year old female with a British University BA Degree. I also have 4 years experience in London. I have recently received an offer for a Merchandise Executive position at their head office and it is as follows:

Total Salary all inclusive: 14000 AED
Housing Allowance: 4200 AED
Transport Allowance: 1400 AED
Basic Salary: 8400 AED

Private Medical Insurance provided
30 days annual leave after 6 months probation period.

I'd like to get your opinions as to whether this will be enough? I am not looking for an extravagant lifestyle but want to live comfortably, either get a one bedroom or flatshare around Dubai Marina and hopefully be able to save some money monthly as well.

Is this doable? I might try and ask for more I guess if u don't ask you don't get! But just wanted to get a few opinions on the salary package for the position MErchandise Execute (managerial position)

Also, the hours listed on the contract are 54 hours weekly, 5 days a week which seems a lot more than the standard 37.5 hrs in the U.K. I have also questioned this and waiting to hear back from them. But is this the norm in Dubai? From my research looks like the norm is 48 to 54?

Thanks a lot. Would appreciate your comments and help!

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I'm a Lead Electrical Site engineer working in power plant construction with 5 years xperience I had an offer in Korean Company working in Abudhabi but I don't know about salary range and this issue so plz help me with some information so as to help me in salary negotiations
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Also, the hours listed on the contract are 54 hours weekly, 5 days a week which seems a lot more than the standard 37.5 hrs in the U.K. I have also questioned this and waiting to hear back from them. But is this the norm in Dubai? From my research looks like the norm is 48 to 54?
yes, 45+ is the norm. Usually 48.

i had a 35 hour contract in the UK. I cannot remember ever working fewer than 50 hours, though..

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Thanks for taking the time to review and help.

I have 10 years of experience as a tech/media executive, published author, and hold advanced degree from a top school. Comp range in US is $180-200k. I received the following offer. Position is Head of a department at a media company in Dubai:

AED 42,000 paid monthly: AED 21,000 salary, 12,600 housing allowance, AED 8,400 transportation allowance + 20% bonus.
in USD total comp is $165k USD.

I really love the opportunity, but the offer seems low. Are there any tax liabilities, cost of living issues, or other things to take into account in evaluating it? What tips do you have for negotiating?

Thanks in advance for any help, I really appreciate your time!

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