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Help me make the case??

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Help me make the case??

Postby semaj72 » Thu 31 Dec 2009 14:43 GMT


I am the lead on a project in the far east setting up a new factory, We are currently building in 2010 and starting production 2011. As you can imagine I have already spent a lot of time visiting about 1/2 weeks every 6 weeks over the past 12 months but I will be required to be there much more from mid 2010 onwards.

Options that have been discussed briefly are 3 weeks on 2 weeks off or Expat which would mean moving the whole family (Wife and 11 yr old son)

My feeling is that I would much prefer to Expat it I'm not sure my marriage could survive 3 weeks on 2 off and the long haul flights in economy would do my head in!!!

However I think my company are niave enough to think that the project will work well based on this system. What I really need is a list of expat renumerations that i can put a cost against and make a case i.e Salary (Is this normally based on UK + x% or local + x%??) What other things are normally included in an expat contract School Fees? Relocation ? Housing ? Medical etc, I,m looking for a full list with standard or exceptional terms that I can use to make my case and negotaite a contract.

Thanks in advance
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Postby Graeme » Thu 31 Dec 2009 17:57 GMT

It's possible someone on here can help you, but I think the first starting point would be to say which country in the 'far East' it is that you are thinking of moving too as that may have a large part to play in who replies.
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