Assalam U Alaikum,
Sorry for a very lengthy post. I am a Pakistani citizen currently living and working in South Africa. I have a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and my current job involves working in the field of engineering information technology. I have around 7 years of professional experience. My employer has a branch office in Al-Khobar and they have offered me a transfer to this office in Al-Khobar. I have a wife and three children (4 years, 2 years, and 10 months). My wife and I have no problems going to Saudi Arabia because we are muslims (Alhamdulillah). The problem is that I have no idea about the cost of living in Al-Khobar that includes living, food, clothes, children’s education, transportation and any other thing that is not coming to mind right now. I don’t have any friends and relatives in Saudi Arabia who could guide me. Though I am sure this topic might have been discussed several times but can you guys please help me making a decision if I should accept this offer or not. Below is a breakdown of all that they are offering to me. All the costs are based on per annum but will be paid on monthly basis.
- Base Salary = SAR 110,472.80 per annum
- Housing = SAR 32,067.00 per annum
- Transport Allowance = SAR 18,000.00 per annum
- Travel Subsidy for return flights to Pakistan once a year = SAR 12,262.00
- Group Life, Accidental dealth, and Disability cover
- Health Insurance (I am not sure if this covers only medical or medical and dental both)
- End-of-service award payment of 21 days (30 days after 5 years service) salary per completed calendar year of service (They say that only the base salary as provided here shall be computed as part of the Employee’s end-of-service award)
In addition, they are paying for our flights to Khobar at the time we leave, they are accomodating us free of cost for the first month in Khobar and also paying me two advance base salaries to buy household goods in the beginning.
I am simply not able to decide if or not this is a good offer keeping in view the usual expenses. I realize this also depends upon the life style so just to give you an idea that we have just a modest life style. The maximum entertainment we do is to eat out for two or three times in a month and take our children to places like theme parks and zoo etc. If you do the calculation based on the figures I have given above, how much you think will be paid to me per month after all the deductions? (I am asking this because I know there isn’t any tax but not sure if there are usually any other deductions from salaries in Saudi Arabia). If I would be able to save anything from this salary at the end of the month? If you think I am missing out anything here, please let me know about it. If you have any suggestions or anything you think I should discuss with my employer before I make a decision, please let me know about them as well. I’ll be grateful if you guys please advise me accordingly. Many thanks.