Salaries and the cost of living in KSA

I’m very pleased today to host my friends from Bridge the Data for a guest post. Bridge the Data was formerly know as Cost of Living reports, and I mentioned their reports in previous articles. Today, they share with us an extract from their KSA report which was published right at the end of 2015. […]

The digitalisation of HR – are your systems in the 21st century yet ?

I was at the #OracleX conference in Dubai yesterday, which is basically a giant product showcase mixed with some interesting external contributions. It was a really great event, with superb organisation moving hundreds of people at the same time in a flawless way – I’ve never seen that many helpers at an event, but it […]

Employee benefits in the event of terrorism

In today’s guest article, it is my pleasure to welcome Laura Rossi-Manganotti, a Benefits expert working at Western Union. When she approached me with her idea to cover employee benefits in case of terrorism, I have to say I had some reservations given the sensitivity of the topic. However, as you will surely agree, this […]

How do I negotiate my salary ?

I recently answered the following question : “How do I negotiate salary in the Bay area?”. Given that my answer has been viewed over 1,300 times on Quora, I figured I would share it with my readers as well. So, here goes : Where you are located (or will be) does not affect *how* to negotiate […]

My C&B Christmas wish list

I was at my friends’ home recently, and the children were busy preparing their letters for Santa Claus. They behaved well during the year (well, most of the time anyway…) so were writing their  wish list for Christmas. Of course, I don’t believe in Santa Claus any longer, but it got me thinking about what […]

How do I create a housing allowance policy from scratch ?

We don’t have a housing allowance policy in place. My company has around 50 employees, and we currently negotiate on a case-by-case basis. The negotiation is based on the person, not the position, so 2 employees in similar roles may have different housing payments, based on how they negotiated. How do I create a housing […]

The UAE National Day and the Compensation manager

Today the United Arab Emirates is turning 44. I enjoy living here, and wanted to celebrate some of the country’s achievements and recognise some of its challenges. In 44 short years, the country has moved from having very few (mostly poor) residents and very little infrastructure, to being a symbol of economic and social success […]