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Whats an acceptable salary for Dubai?

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Whats an acceptable salary for Dubai?

Post Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 7:00 am

Hi All

I've read many of the expat posts but would like your opinion on what is a decent salary for an IT professional, (generic mgr) working for a Brit company in Dubai?

Been offered £35K, Accomodation, Car, Flights home. The benefits seem ok but is the base salary enough to support a couple.
Your comments are appreciated.

Ocoste

 

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Re: Whats an acceptable salary for Dubai?

Post Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:17 pm

about 220,000 aed/ dirham p.a.

more than enough to get by on... depends on the lifestyle your are looking for. the lowliest paid construction workers get about 400 - 600 aed per month- and most of them still manage to send some of thier earnings home!

i would check/ enquire to the exact nature of your accomodation and vehicle allowance as rental is the largest single expense most expats have..


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Re: Whats an acceptable salary for Dubai?

Post Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 7:22 pm

Hi Dbxsole

Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.

Ocoste

 

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Re: Whats an acceptable salary for Dubai?

Post Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 5:33 pm

Hi

If your accommodation is supplied as opposed to an allowance then the salary is enough. My husband earns the same as his take home in the uk. Our accommodation is supplied and excellent, bills are paid and flights home. If you have an allowance find out what it is as some companies don't allow enough to cover renting a nice place in Dubai.

Good luck

Sara

 

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Re: Whats an acceptable salary for Dubai?

Post Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 7:36 pm

Hi Sara

Thanks for your input. Can you suggest some 'good' areas for ex-pats?
Does your hubby work for a large company? What bills do the cover?
This is a fisrt time move for me so its important I get it right. Any further advice or tips hugely appreciated.

Cheers
ocoste

 

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Re: Whats an acceptable salary for Dubai?

Post Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 12:21 pm

Packages vary from company to company, there is no standard. it is up to your husband to negotiate the best deal he can. in the past the only way companies could get employees to come to the middle east was to off large packages with numerous firinge benefits - the short of it is, the streets are no longer paved with gold! anyone and averyone who want to make money comes to the middle east, it is very competative and in certain labour or skills catagories a western expat may find himself unable to compete in the job market.

in dubai for instance "local knowledge" is king, if you have worked in the area for a year you are more likily to be given a position than someone from the outside. there are 2 reasons, firstly you know the local conditions, the way things work and your way around town; secondly you are already here and your employer does not have to run around looking for accomodation for you or paying to re-locate you!

the package is largely dependant on the nature of the work and seniority level of the position...

if i were your husband i would ask the company to give him thier position on the following: ... also bear in mind that these are BENEFITS, the employee is not legally obliged to offer or pay any of these expenses over and above a salary - these are to sweeten the deal!

accomodation allowance (very few employers provide actual accomodation, they will pay an allowance, portion of the rental or a subsidy)...

does the employer offer any subsidy for water, electricity and telephone expenses. is a mobile phone provided for the position and is there a subsidy for this....

schooling. does the company contribute to schooling and education, and if so what conditions and to what level. some companies don't pay schooling, others only pay if the child is resident in the country... does it cover university etc....

tickets and holidays, does the company cover holiday tickets for family members or does the employee have to pay for them out of his own pocket.

transport, is a comapny vehicle provided, if so what are the conditions of maintenace and fuel? are they covered by the company or is the employee expected to pay a portion of the costs?

i'm sure there are a few more, i'll give it a bit more thought ... better do some work now! Smile


IN BIG LETTERS!!!!!!!! IF THIS POSITION INVOLVES A BASIC AND COMMISION. Get the commision guideline in writing, numerals and word, in both english and arabic. have someone translate the arabic back to english to varyfy it! Remember the arabic version of the labour contract is legal - the english is only there for your benefit, and is not binding!
everyone i know who has worked on a commision basis has been screwed over..... "5% commision you must be joking, the contract says 0.5%..... you can't read arabic?????" i know about 6 cases of this having happened!


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Re: Whats an acceptable salary for Dubai?

Post Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 10:29 am

MY ADVICE

READ AND LISTEN TO DBXSOLE.. cant really add anything further to that!

good advice epecially on arabic translation, if they can screw you over they will, is always a good position to take.

Go multinational if you can.

Best of luck

YIPEEEE!!

Andy

 

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