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Old Nov 10th 2018, 11:21 pm
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Hello,

I am in process of finalising a job offer by a government owned investment fund based in Riyadh. Recruitment agent is suggesting that it’s only possible to push the offer to 50 Sar per month which includes housing. However annual flight, medical insurance will be seperate.

I am single, in early 30’s, career on upward trajectory, my current salary in UK is £96k gross and have another job offer in UK for £110k per annum.

Please share your thoughts if this is a good offer?

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Hello,

I am in process of finalising a job offer by a government owned investment fund based in Riyadh. Recruitment agent is suggesting that it’s only possible to push the offer to 50 Sar per month which includes housing. However annual flight, medical insurance will be seperate.

I am single, in early 30’s, career on upward trajectory, my current salary in UK is £96k gross and have another job offer in UK for £110k per annum.

Please share your thoughts if this is a good offer?

Many thanks

stay in the UK and take the 110 year job.
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There is always the question "What happens after Saudi ?" In many job fields, working in Saudi leads nowhere. The end of your career !
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Remember to factor in all the extra stuff your UK job comes with...

Employer's pension contributions
Performance bonus
Car allowance
Life assurance
Paid sick leave
Private healthcare and the NHS
Redundancy notice and payment
State Pension entitlement
Job security/ career progression
Employment rights
Fixed exchange rate
UK banking access

Working for a local employer in the Middle East can be a tough assignment for a Western Expat, and as above, have an exit strategy.

I wouldn't go in your circumstances.
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I went there from The Last Chance Saloon and was resigned to ending my working career in Saudi. So it came to pass !
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Personally I would stick with UK employment. In my career I have been lucky to have a portable job (oil related)where my employment location has not been an issue. In fact it has helped as all the openings I gave been lucky enough to enjoy have been in the Gulf region. Could I have moved back to the UK, possibly, but it would have meant starting right at the bottom and working my way up again.

With your current and other job offer salary, the UK seems to offer decent compensation while you build on your work experience in a tightly regulated working environment.

Just my 2 cents...
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Personally I would stick with UK employment. In my career I have been lucky to have a portable job (oil related)where my employment location has not been an issue. In fact it has helped as all the openings I gave been lucky enough to enjoy have been in the Gulf region. Could I have moved back to the UK, possibly, but it would have meant starting right at the bottom and working my way up again.

With your current and other job offer salary, the UK seems to offer decent compensation while you build on your work experience in a tightly regulated working environment.

Just my 2 cents...
And if I may add, with the 110k job, and the additional work experience, future opportunities in the Gulf could (eventually) be more attractive than the current, all inclusive (low) 50k SAR offer. This is because Gulf offers are sometimes (or rather often) driven not so much by what is the "fair" value for the position, but rather by how much a candidate is currently earning.
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