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Old Sep 18th 2017, 3:23 pm   #1
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Would appreciate any comments on cost of living / monthly salary for a reasonable existence in Oman - specifically Muscat.

Accomm - I have done some research and suspect an average c. 1300OMR for a 3 bed villa (read house) in a reasonably central location (The Wave / MSQ).

Education - again, I figure c.5,000 OMR per year, c.400 OMR / month

I would appreciate any comments on monthly grocery shop (family of 3, me, her and child of 5), and the costs to lease (e.g. for a year or so)a reasonable car / 4*4.

I am currently in negotiation with my potential employer, and suspect we will land at an all inc. figure of c.4500 / OMR PER MONTH.

The employer is one of the Big 4 accounting firms. I'm currently in the UK, on a gross salary of about £85k, and that keeps things ticking over nicely.

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Health insurance? Flights home?
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Hi all,
Would appreciate any comments on cost of living / monthly salary for a reasonable existence in Oman - specifically Muscat.

Accomm - I have done some research and suspect an average c. 1300OMR for a 3 bed villa (read house) in a reasonably central location (The Wave / MSQ).

Education - again, I figure c.5,000 OMR per year, c.400 OMR / month

I would appreciate any comments on monthly grocery shop (family of 3, me, her and child of 5), and the costs to lease (e.g. for a year or so)a reasonable car / 4*4.

I am currently in negotiation with my potential employer, and suspect we will land at an all inc. figure of c.4500 / OMR PER MONTH.

The employer is one of the Big 4 accounting firms. I'm currently in the UK, on a gross salary of about £85k, and that keeps things ticking over nicely.

many thanks in advance
Be warned, the Big 4 here are nothing like they are in the UK - especially audit. TAS or whatever it's called thesedays is a bit better.

Your boss could well be an indian version of Alf Garnett
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Thanks both

Medical and flights - will be included - sorry should havebeen more specific- as are the usual relocation assistance / shipping and settling in.

The package is a bit lower than say uae - but supposedly cost ofliving is cheaper. I was on the ground a week or so ago and didnt think it was significantly cheaper.

Millhouse - thanks for the advice.
Admittedly the boss is a western expat - and i too will be taking a senior role
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Gotta agree....being in finance myself (FC) our auditors are KPMG and every year we get new field auditors (the audit manager also changes every 2-3 years) and their working hours, quality of life and salary are abysmal, to say the least. I would be loathed to work for any of the top 4 in this region.
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Gotta agree....being in finance myself (FC) our auditors are KPMG and every year we get new field auditors (the audit manager also changes every 2-3 years) and their working hours, quality of life and salary are abysmal, to say the least. I would be loathed to work for any of the top 4 in this region.
As Nearly an Expat will know, if you're not a part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem.
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As Nearly an Expat will know, if you're not a part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem.
If he is going in at a senior/board level he'll be able to pass the cr*p to those lower than him.
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Indeed! Thanks for the insight. Surely it can't be that bad (famous last words). Admittedly I am coming in to assist with the rollout of VAT (boo hiss) !
Ps did either of you have a steer on vehicle leasing costs?
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Some time ago your masters in the Middle East realised that they can get cheaper labour in Manila, Islamabad and Bangalore. Your days in the region are numbered !
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Some time ago your masters in the Middle East realised that they can get cheaper labour in Manila, Islamabad and Bangalore. Your days in the region are numbered !
Yes but some of them realise the value in being able to roll out whitey on demand to meet Clients etc!!!


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Groceries cost about 300/ month for 4people (3 adults + toddler (including maid)
To rent a car a smallish (Rav 4) to a mid size 4x4 it'll cost you in the range about 250 - 350 OMR (it'll be better to buy something new via a bank loan especially if your here for a few years 3+) auto loans are around 4.5%
As for accommodation you may get better value for money around Azaiba around 1000 -1200 OMR will get you a decent villa


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Indeed! Thanks for the insight. Surely it can't be that bad (famous last words). Admittedly I am coming in to assist with the rollout of VAT (boo hiss) !
Ps did either of you have a steer on vehicle leasing costs?
oh jeeze if you are being recruited to assist in the implementation of VAT, you will certainly have your work cut out for you Be prepared for loads of ball ache!
As to vehicle leasing over here in Dubai it can cost anything from AED 2000 up wards per month, depending on what type of car you want to rent.
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EastRunner - many thanks for the cost of living analysis.

Scot147 and Dubaiexile - thanks forsharing your perspectives. The country looks like it can offer a personal and professional challenge - which is part of my motivation to move.

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oh jeeze if you are being recruited to assist in the implementation of VAT, you will certainly have your work cut out for you Be prepared for loads of ball ache!
As to vehicle leasing over here in Dubai it can cost anything from AED 2000 up wards per month, depending on what type of car you want to rent.
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