It can be difficult to determine the salary you should command abroad and getting the right salary for the job is something of a lottery. Salaries can also vary considerably for the same job in different parts of a country. A decade or so ago, working abroad (particularly in the Middle East) was highly attractive mainly because of the very high salaries offered, particularly in countries with low or no personal taxation. Although this is still true to some extent, salaries and expatriate packages are now generally less generous.
Those working in major cities are usually the highest paid, mainly due to the higher cost of living (particularly accommodation), although if you're employed in a remote area you may receive a 'hardship' allowance. Salaries are usually negotiable and it's up to you to ensure that you receive the level of salary and benefits commensurate with your qualifica?tions and experience (or as much as you can get!). Minimum salaries exist in some countries in many trades and professions, but generally it's every man (or woman) for himself (herself). Salaries in some companies, trades and professions (particularly public sector government posts) are decided by national pay agreements between unions and the government.
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