Is it worth it?

By shake2000

Hello All,

Currently pursuing an opportunity which pays around 18K withpaid for accommodation, utilities, return annual flights (to Canada) child education allowance (up to 25K) and around 40 vacation days. We are a family of 3 (2 adults, 1 yr old baby) and are wondering if this is a good offer.

I am Canadian of Pakistani origin. Have 10 Years of Canadian work experience with 2 bachelors and a Masters degree from a top university in Canada. My background is Project Management.

I am trying to understand if this is worth the move as I am hoping to be closer to home but do not want to sacrifice our lifestyle either. I understand everything depends on lifestyle and I believe ours would fall in the average catagory (eat out weekends, movie etc..)

Appreciate your input and advice

Regards,

Ahmed.

By cheapthrillz• 7 years 7 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
cheapthrillz

Hey dude. From your post history it seems like this may be a little too late. That didn't stop me from registering on this site just so I could respond to your question and maybe help you out. The package seems reasonable, your biggest expense here will be housing, groceries and transportation. Arguably, you could've gotten more but that ship has sailed.

Housing is a particularly tricky one. Although you have it covered, you'll want to make sure that youre not tied to a particular compound and have the ability to move around if you wish and trade in the "provided" accommodation for an allowance. A decent two bedroom place can range anywhere from 12000 - 16000 if you stick to Canadian standards (and trust me, you'll want to).

Groceries will cost you 2000-2500 QAR a month. A reasonable amount to pay for car payments is around 3000 QAR a month which means you've got a loan of about 70,000 QAR. To put it into perspective, a decent vehicle will cost you anything between 90k - 140k depending on the make and model.

To put to rest some of the other BS going on in this thread and generally in the salary/allowance section of this forum, it is definitely not unheard of to be taking home anything from 40-70k a month total (including housing/transportation costs) + extra education allowances for western expats. In my opinion, the quality of life you are compromising coming here from the west (North America especially) warrants that sort of compensation. In my experience a lot of the info on qatarliving is heavily influenced by people from south/east Asia who are unfortunately treated differently when it comes to compensation.

Anyway, I hope this was remotely helpful. Feel free to get in touch when/if you make it here.

By sawadazam• 7 years 11 months ago.
sawadazam

Shake : Perfectly said !! :) :) Some of these guys here are nuts only ..

By shake2000• 7 years 11 months ago.
shake2000

Thanks Dallas. I have no idea, I am being hired by another Government organization and not QF. I have only gone through one reference check which to be honest is still underway... I sy that because I am yet to hear back from them confirming if they have what they need. All the best with everything. It's a pain sorting through stupid comments and ones that are actually valid and add value... majority people just post for the sake of it with really stupid and nonsense gibberish.

By dallas1234• 7 years 11 months ago.
dallas1234

Ahmed brother, just read through the comments and take what you need to take. It's an open forum so you would expect noise. BTW, I am in the process of accepting an offer from QF. I heard there will be another reference check process after the offer acceptance. Do you have any idea what that involves and how long it takes? I was hoping i could prepare some docs/info in advance to help speed up the process.

Thanks.

By shake2000• 7 years 11 months ago.
shake2000

Appreciate the input guys. I have already tried and 18K is the final take home offer.

I undertand everyone has said I should ask for more and some numbers thrown out were 50K even. My question, is anyone on this forum even making that much as real take home income? or are these numbers just thrown out based on "what I think a westener is making". I have connected with several westeners in the region who are claimed to make 50-60 K a month but the feedback has been it is very rare and those numbers are for very senior execs or include housing allowance etc in it.

I am not challenging anyone but just throwing it out there based on whst I have observed. How many people here are really making over 25 as the final take home salary with annual return ticketd and all other benefits not included in this figure? Lets ask the question before we advise others.

Again, I agree it is not an amazing package but I believe a decent one. Everyone wants more, but we hardly get what we want. :)

Ripcord - Yes I use the passport for selfish reasons, if I can, why not. :)

Indian-Curry - The purpose of a forum is to connect with people and share information. If we all already have the answer to all questions, why even connect here? My friend, you have curry in your head which is stopping you from thinking.

By indian-alatul-Curry• 7 years 11 months ago.
indian-alatul-Curry

Qatarliving is not a right place to ask some question like that, your question can be answered by YOURSELF, if thats salary is fits for you then go, if no, then find another one, otherwise ill throw you to a drum which full of chicken curry

By BOXBE16DOBARA• 7 years 11 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
BOXBE16DOBARA

By having Canadian passport does not make him a canadian

By mast kalandar• 7 years 11 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
mast kalandar

Wud agree with fubar as there is salary difference between nationalities so better try to ask for more as you have canadian passport holder..............

By fubar• 7 years 11 months ago.
fubar

That sounds like they are offering you the Pakistani package, not the Canadian package. Ask for more.

By BOXBE16DOBARA• 7 years 11 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
BOXBE16DOBARA

Grab it...its good but not excellent. ..I would say grab it

By Iqash• 7 years 11 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
Iqash

Dear, i dont thin it is enough because minimum for family is aout 25 KQR

By Molten Metal• 7 years 11 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Molten Metal

Shake , Money isn't everything , just accept this offer & join. Saved money would 've no use for you .......with this amount you won't be tempted to buy unwanted stuff & waste money in fast food counters etc .... wish you good luck .......... Wed , 18.06.2014 , 09.00 hrs .

By Rip Cord• 7 years 11 months ago.
Rip Cord

I would not consider Qatar close to your home in Canada or do you only use the passport for selfish gain?

Don't forget you are still likely to be liable to Canadian tax while working here.

By zackm• 7 years 11 months ago.
zackm

Agreed with MYS, negotiate for more

By muhammad yasir siddiqui• 7 years 11 months ago.
muhammad yasir siddiqui

@zackm: he worked in Canada for 10years... one of my brother is getting 39K he has less than 10 years of experience he don't have masters degree and he don't have Canadian passport....

@shake: negotiate more...

By zackm• 7 years 11 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
zackm

Sounds like a good offer, basically you will take home 18K per month take home, without tax and everything is almost covered in terms of cost. What's stopping you? If you can save, you should take it.

By muhammad yasir siddiqui• 7 years 11 months ago.
muhammad yasir siddiqui

@khalliwali: impressed by your comment... thumbs up

By muhammad yasir siddiqui• 7 years 11 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
muhammad yasir siddiqui

What is the total package they are offering you...

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