Job offer - is salary sufficient?
Posted in Kuwait forum 25 Mar 2010, 08:18
I have been offered a job in Kuwait of a Network Engineer. My total experience is 2 years with a Teleco.
The offer is like
basic salary: 450 KD per month
Monthly Allowance: 50 KD per month
Monthly Bonus: 50 KD per month (only effective when i complete a certification)
Is this sufficient for a couple? They havent talked about the accommodation, tranportation, and medical as yet.
Any help would be appreciated :)
posted by in Kuwait forum 25 Mar 2010, 13:30
Congrats on the job offer. It is goot salary to start with in kuwait if you single. If you get accomodation free from them, then it is a good salary for a couple. Medical will be provided by them and you should negotiate for the accomodation. By the way, which company are u joining. what is this 50 KD on completion of certification ? I am a network engineer too.
posted by in Kuwait forum 25 Mar 2010, 15:36
Keeping in mind your two years experience, the offer is good and salary is sufficient for a living couple here in kuwait. Even if the company does not provide accomodation, you can rent a flat normally for around 150 KD. Transportation system is good in Kuwait. Buses and taxis, both are available. By the time, you get the driving license and a car, you'll have to travel either by bus or by taxi. I don't knwo where is your company and where you'll stay. So I can't tell you how much you'll spend for your transportation. But the salary you mentioned is good.
posted by in Kuwait forum 28 Mar 2010, 03:58
I have not seen anything other than small studio flats for around 200 KD. Where are the 150 KD flats at? Can anyone tell me?
If housing and transportation is not included along with your salary package, your budget will be very, very tight. It sounds like it will be tight anyway.
iI have been pricing some places in the Fintas to Faheel area and haven't seen anything lower than 280 KD in the Mangaf area for a 2 bed, 2 bath flat. Otherwise the furnished flats seem to be in the 400 KD and up range. If you rent a flat that is not furnished you will have a very expensive first year getting all of the gear a flat needs. (Unless your company will give you money to ship your belongings over.)
But good luck and congrats on the job offer.
posted by in Kuwait forum 28 Mar 2010, 12:40
Hi B Arrow,
First of all, I must say that you are right in one way but wrong in the other way. Because you are westerner, so, of course this 150 KD rent recommendation is not for you because your salaries are not in the range which OP is offered. The guy whom I suggested is from Pakistan not from west. And because I am also from Pakistan so I suggested him what he can afford and what not within this salary. Anyway, I am sure that we can find a flat in farwaniya for a family starting from 150 to onwards (upto 220 a good flat is available) with single bedroon and one hall. You can find a big flat of this kind in old buildings, but in the new buildings, they are very small even for a single family and yes the rent starts from around 180 KD in those new buildings. And I think we can find this in Mahboula Area as well.
Anyway, in the end it is the OP who has to decide whether he wants to live in a 350 KD rent flat or 150 or 200 or whatever. We just can say good luck to him...:)
posted by in Kuwait forum 28 Mar 2010, 12:52
The owner of this thread is supposed to work in Saudi and not in kuwait. Hence, he would not be staying here. The arguements over rents and living costs will certainly help others who can read and understand the life in kuwait.
To add my 2 cents, this salary to any national would be a good starting point. But certainly not to live with.There isn't a need for a techie to find old buildings in corners. kuwait is not happening either. No gains + boredom = not worth staying in kuwait.
posted by in Kuwait forum 29 Mar 2010, 07:45
Thank you very much for your replies. Sorry i couldnt reply you in time as i was out of station.
Well ... thats true i would be, if i accept the offer, based in Saudi Arabia at client site in Khafji city. At this moment i dont know the durtation of the project. All i know that Khafji city is a far far place in Saudi Arabia - 130 km away from Kuwait city. Also there would be very few 'things to do' there in Khafji city.
I asked asked about the accommodation. The company would only pay for my air ticket (one way) and for single accommodation i.e. if i decide to take family with me, i would have to pay for it. Same goes for the Medical insurance...
So thats the story ... still not sure if i shuld go for it ...