To jump or not..!
I have asked this question before but as I finally near D-Day and since we're into 2018 and VAT is in full swing, looking for your feedback again.
We are a Pakistani Canadian family of 4 with my wife staying home after our youngest was born (She worked as an HR Analyst). The kids are 4 Yr and 19 months with my wife planning to return to work as the younger one turns 3. We currently live in Toronto where I work as an independent consultant with a usual take home of around $11K CAD per month, post taxes and deductions. We live a comfortable life and have no complaints except that we sometimes feel lonely as neither of us has any family here. The only other caveat is that I move contract to contract and can at times be out of a job for 2-3 months. In my past 8 years of doing this, I am yet to be without a job between contracts but you never know!
I have been offered 50K AED per month with a multinational consulting firm in Dubai (not big 4 but equally big). The role is to help launch a new consulting product which I have experience with and will be new to the ME market. I have worked for the same organization here and am familiar with their structure and how things work. Knowing what I know about the organization and management, does help alleviate the other usual ME work concerns.
I have tried to push on the amount and have been promised a review 6 months in, after we sign some clients ,as the Business Case has fixed salary numbers for now. I was engaged early as the product plans were being drawn up and have been kept informed by management through the process.
The amount offered includes everything in with annual return tickets, insurance for family and initial relocation support covered. I have tried to push on accommodation and schooling but have been told it is company policy to only offer all in (I confirmed on the side and this is accurate) I am also eligible for 20% bonus (on total annual comp - at 100% equals AED 120K).
The reason for moving is to get a bit closer to family, weather (might just be February blues) and to explore the world a bit.
Based on my research, the olden days of "Golden" packages are done and 50K is a decent number (so I think). To be honest, emotionally and wanting to move to the region for a while, I am sold on the offer but really want to make sure I am not signing up for a bad deal.
I have been sitting on this for a while but now need a make a decision in the next 1-2 weeks. Would welcome any feedback you can share, thank you in advance!
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