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dizzyizzy 27th March 2011 03:17 PM

Salary and offer/package questions... post yours here!!! Part 1
Following the suggestion of one of our regulars, we're opening this thread for everyone who has questions regarding salaries/compensation in Dubai.

Did you get a job offer but you are not sure if it's good enough? Post the details here and let the forum members give their opinions and advice. Usually there will be someone who is/has been/knows of someone who has been in a similar position to yours and can comment if the offer you just received is poor, average, good or above the standard.

Of course only you know your personal circumstances/standard of living/expectations, etc. but some third party perspective always helps :)

Cold Flush 30th March 2011 04:30 PM

I just have a general comment about shifting to a new place where a better package is being offered. You should spend more time asking about the place you are going to move to and talking to the people you are going to work with especially your manager rather than be worried if your package is good enough.

Moving to a new place is always a challenging thing. You should be in particular careful with organizations that are just kicking off having no strategy setup yet, no policies or procedures and more importantly no fixed organization strcuture. Such organizations can be very chaotic, changes take place very often with deadlinespushing you hard and may cause undesirable outcomes if you are not careful.

Also, where a very attractive package offer is being floated, I find it very strange why some people miss asking more detailed questions about their actual work and what they will be involved in. Guys, where you get paid more, u have more responsibilites and extra hours to work so do ask whatever you want before you sign the actual contract and leave your old employer.

Dubai_NewKid 4th April 2011 01:41 PM

Job Offer Secured! Decision Time
Hi folks, recently i was in Dubai looking for jobs.....i have got an appointment letter from one of the companies.......they are not paying me any relocation allowance......is that something which is not mandatory? Also they are not providing me with fuel allowance.....i have tried negotiating but to no avail. Decision needs to be made soon. What do you think is an estimated monthly expense if i need to go out 8 times a month....play a bit of golf.....squash and also join a gym!

dizzyizzy 4th April 2011 01:49 PM

Hi Newkid,

Is actually much easier to advise you if you post what you got offered and for what kind of job, then people will be able to tell you if is a decent offer or not.

Relocation and fuel allowances are not mandatory, nor common these days, perhaps relocation but only for people who actually get hired whilst being overseas which is not your case.

dizzyizzy 4th April 2011 01:51 PM

Also going out 8 times a month is very relative. You could go out for dinner and spend less than 100 dhs or out for a brunch and spend 400 dhs our out for brunch and drinking and clubbing and spend 1000 dhs in one evening.

Dubai_NewKid 4th April 2011 01:59 PM

ya thats true......i will be making close to AED 12000 per month.....when i mentioned going out....i meant partying and not food. Its a sales job in a sports company.

dizzyizzy 4th April 2011 02:40 PM

Well is on the low side but you'll manage especially if you're young and you're coming alone although don't expect a lavish lifestyle and partying 8x times per month might be out of the question!! But all depends to the places you frequent really. Not sure about the gym membership though, mine has a gym so I don't pay extra for that.

Ash1980 5th April 2011 10:32 AM

OK Guys, sounds like this thread needs some kicking! here I go:

I'm moving to AD in few three weeks, and I have accepted the following offer:

Basic Salary: AED 13,000
Allowances: AED 16,750 (Total AED 29,750)
Housing allowance: up to AED 210,000
Medical insurance for self and family
30 working days annual leave

The post is with the government of AD, Grade 2 (if this means anything)
I've got 4 years of UK experience, PhD, MSc, and a BSc.
Married with no children.

How good/bad do you think this offer is?


AUDUBAI 5th April 2011 10:34 AM

Hi - I have an offer but they are wanting to tax equalise me - so they deduct the tax which would otherwise be payable if I was back home. I know this is sometimes done for expat postings but does not sit well with me considering Dubai is tax free.

Do people know if tax equlisation is common for posting in Dubai?

Also no hardship allowance is being paid. Is this common for Dubai?

expat_new 5th April 2011 03:19 PM

Adequate Salary

I have been recently offered a salary of 14k - 16k AED to relocate to Abu Dhabi from Mumbai. I am single, with a bachelor's degree with about a year of work experience.

Kindly let me know if the salary is good enough to consider the relocation.


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