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Old Nov 18th 2017, 3:26 pm   #1
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I am British and I work and live in London.I work as a Plant Engineer and salary is £2600 a month After TAX.we are a family of 4 (Wife plus 2 kids) and Have own 3 bed house .

I have been offered a job In Riyadh .The salary offered is £4000 a month Tax free along with free accommodation,health insurance and twice returns flights to Uk.

I am confused whether to take this opportunity or not.Kids are doing A levels so will be moving alone .

Is it worth it to go there or .....

any suggestions will be highly appreciated.
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Old Nov 18th 2017, 4:33 pm   #2
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Basically you're being offered a 50% payrise to work in Riyadh. Seeing how you're going to be on your own that's all you have to think about. Housing covered, no Saudi school fees to pay. Can you put up with being away from the family? That's your only thing to consider.

Most companies will give 30 days plus holidays at the two Eids.

BA has daily flights that start at about 500GBP.

Riyadh is okay though once you find your feet. There is a good social scene, with a lot of parties etc.
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You send 2600 GBP home each month to allow your family to maintain their current lifestyle. You spend 1,000 GBP just to live. Is it worth the potential 400 GBP savings?

I don’t think so.

Not good enough.
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You send 2600 GBP home each month to allow your family to maintain their current lifestyle. You spend 1,000 GBP just to live. Is it worth the potential 400 GBP savings?

I don’t think so.

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1000GBP a month to live on in Riyadh!!!! What is he going to be doing?

Riyadh isn't Dubai. It's very cheap to live. I would put it the other way round. 400 to live on and 1000 saved.
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You're only provisionally tax-free until you've passed the Automatic Overseas Test, so April 2019 at the earliest.
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1000GBP a month to live on in Riyadh!!!! What is he going to be doing?

Riyadh isn't Dubai. It's very cheap to live. I would put it the other way round. 400 to live on and 1000 saved.
I defer to your superior knowledge of the cost of living in Riyadh. But surely between food, transportation, meals out just to be with other expats and all that must add up to more than £400 a month, even in Riyadh?

Even if that's totally feasible, I'd still be factoring in maintaining the NI and compensating for any forgone pension. Then there's the dirty secret many expats don't realise: the cost of returning to the UK at the end of the expat stint. If you can seamlessly transit from a Saudi job to a UK job with no money lost, brilliant, but many people end up taking half a year or longer to find a new job in the UK and often burn through a lot of their savings just to live.

That's why £1000 extra per month won't get me out of bed. It really is not that much extra money especially when the trade off is being away from family. An extra £5,000 a month? Now we're talking.
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What you consider 'worth it' in terms of additional savings is your business and differs from person to person.

What I would advise though, is to consider the possibility of additional trips home over and above your company allowance. With the family not being here it can be hard. I did a year of that before they moved over and there were a few long weekends at my own expense, and it's not just the price of a flight.

Alternatively, with your kids being older, the family may want to meet up with you in Dubai for a long weekend, and that costs a fortune!!

Not trying to put you off mate, just a bit of personal experience that I had recently.
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You're only provisionally tax-free until you've passed the Automatic Overseas Test, so April 2019 at the earliest.
this is a very good point and with children, a wife and a home in the UK, I'm not sure you will qualify even if you make it to April 2019.

Do not underestimate the strain it will put on your family relationships. It will basically amplify any issues you already have and only you know whether your marriage is strong enough to cope with. Or, incidentally, whether your kids are better off without their father while they go through the rite of passage that it is A-Levels and going to uni.

Bear in mind that many (all?) companies have a 90-day probation period during which they won't issue you with an exit visa so no way to visit family.

I agree that £1,000/month to live in Riyadh for a single guy is an overestimate.

Finally, what will this do for your CV? Depending on your age, it might be a better decision to stay in the UK market for your medium-/long-term career plans. Maybe not in engineering though... I can't say.
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The impact on CV is important. For many jobs a spell in KSA is a real black mark. I tolerated that because my strategy ws to work in KSA until I retired. I did and left when I was 64.
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People come over here in order to save a lot of money in a short space of time, on that wage you would not be able to save very much.
Depending on where your company put you your wife will probably hate the place because on that salary you won't be in any kind of decent accommodation so that will leave you on your own over here with twice yearly visits home unless you want to pay £600 to get yourself home now and again.
You won't be spending much money as there is nothing to spend it on but then you might get tempted to fly or drive out to one of the UAE states for the odd weekend which again will eat into your money that you want to send home.
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