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Old 20th September 2019, 01:32 PM
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I am CPA with almost 6 years of auditing, internal controls and compliance experience. I also previously worked with one of the big 4 firms in the Philippines. I'm currently looking for opportunities to work in Dubai as an expat, can someone tell me what to expect in terms of salary, allowance and benefits? Both in auditing firms (big 4 or not) as well as private companies?

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I have 6 years of Big4 consulting experience in US earning $140k in US that includes retirement benefit. Have been offered following:

-AED375k all inclusive pay of which 250k is base
-One month accommodation
-Relocation support and travel to home once an year

Sounds like a fair offer? Thanks a lot in advance for your help.

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I have 6 years of Big4 consulting experience in US earning $140k in US that includes retirement benefit. Have been offered following:

-AED375k all inclusive pay of which 250k is base
-One month accommodation
-Relocation support and travel to home once an year

Sounds like a fair offer? Thanks a lot in advance for your help.
Hi,

For me, it does not sound like a fair offer. You are better off in the US.

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For me, it does not sound like a fair offer. You are better off in the US.
Thanks, Sunder. What number, if any, would you suggest. I think offered number is on the higher side of what local employees are making per what I see on glassdoor.

Thanks in advance.

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Thanks, Sunder. What number, if any, would you suggest. I think offered number is on the higher side of what local employees are making per what I see on glassdoor.

Thanks in advance.
Hello Dear,

I am sorry I cant suggest a number as I dont know the lifestyle you like to live, family, kids, schooling holidays etc etc etc.
Best is to go through all of the 409 pages of this forum to know the cost of living, the saving you will make etc etc.
All the best, just for your info US is very very cheap compared to here.
Example - I got a Tommy jeans for 35$ in the US.. which is over 700-800AED here.
Choose wisely !!!

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I have 6 years of Big4 consulting experience in US earning $140k in US that includes retirement benefit. Have been offered following:

-AED375k all inclusive pay of which 250k is base
-One month accommodation
-Relocation support and travel to home once an year

Sounds like a fair offer? Thanks a lot in advance for your help.
This is definitely not a fair offer.
I am in a similar position with similar credentials and make 40k and per month (480 a year). Don't move here for that.

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Hi all....I am a senior Quantity Surveyor in Australia on AUD$120k/pa salary. A Dubai based company found me in LinkedIn and reached out, if I'd be interested to work in UAE. How much salary and what package inclusions should I be asking to be able to live comfortably in UAE and still make my mortgage repayments (AUD$5k, tax and retirement savings (35%) back home. It will just be me and my wife with very simple lifestyle, no other dependents. 3 year contract with chance to extend. Is it okay for my wife to look for a job there too? Not sure about the laws in UAE. I appreciate your insights.

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Hi all....I am a senior Quantity Surveyor in Australia on AUD$120k/pa salary. A Dubai based company found me in LinkedIn and reached out, if I'd be interested to work in UAE. How much salary and what package inclusions should I be asking to be able to live comfortably in UAE and still make my mortgage repayments (AUD$5k, tax and retirement savings (35%) back home. It will just be me and my wife with very simple lifestyle, no other dependents. 3 year contract with chance to extend. Is it okay for my wife to look for a job there too? Not sure about the laws in UAE. I appreciate your insights.
I'm a Kiwi who moved here last year. Basically you'd be looking for a roughly equivalent salary (but tax free) with a reasonable housing allowance on top. You'll also get medical insurance and a flight home each year. Make sure medical includes your wife.

For two people an apartment in a decent housing allowance would be 100k-120k. That'll get a 2 bedroom apartment in marina or a small villa in somewhere like Arabian ranches.

You would sponsor your wife and she can then work. Depending on what she does she can be very attractive to local businesses as they don't have to provide her with a visa. My wife is a teacher and got a job offer within a week.
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I'm a Kiwi who moved here last year. Basically you'd be looking for a roughly equivalent salary (but tax free) with a reasonable housing allowance on top. You'll also get medical insurance and a flight home each year. Make sure medical includes your wife.

For two people an apartment in a decent housing allowance would be 100k-120k. That'll get a 2 bedroom apartment in marina or a small villa in somewhere like Arabian ranches.

You would sponsor your wife and she can then work. Depending on what she does she can be very attractive to local businesses as they don't have to provide her with a visa. My wife is a teacher and got a job offer within a week.
Thanks Handle9. was it basic medical? was there dental covered? with the housing allowance of 100k-120k, does that include utilities? How much do you spend for food? I feel that we will just be on public transport if ever.

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Thanks Handle9. was it basic medical? was there dental covered? with the housing allowance of 100k-120k, does that include utilities? How much do you spend for food? I feel that we will just be on public transport if ever.
We have medical covering dental with a a 50aed copay. It is very variable though. Your employer has to give you medical for you to get a visa but it ranges from very good to crap.

Cars are fairly cheap here and it is almost impossible to survive without them. If you are on the metro route it's ok but in summer you really want to be able to drive door to door. Taxis are cheap though so YMMV

Utilities are more expensive here, they are on top of rent. You also pay 5% of your rent as municipality tax on your power bill each month (or 5% / 12 each month). We are in a villa and can pay up to aed3500 in summer. If you are in an apartment with AC included in the rent you will pay much less.

We spend much the same on food as we did in NZ so a little more expensive than Queensland but roughly comparable to Melbourne or Sydney.

Basically if you can get the same salary tax free as home plus a decent housing allowance you'll be able to save and do well.

We are able easily save my wife's salary while living and travelling a bit.
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