Do you pay for the job or the nationality ?

A recent article reviewing salary differences between nationalities in the GCC made me think. Obviously, in the region, we are all aware of these differences, even if we rarely mention them. According to the annual Gulf Business salary survey, “In the UAE, a Western expat makes 12.6 per cent more than an Arab expat and…

Share the knowledge – December 2012

First of all let me wish you a very prosperous 2013. I hope this new year will bring you happiness and growth, and I look forward to our continued interactions through Compensation Insider in the coming 12 months :-). And now, back to my regular schedule of posting ! Like every month, here are some…

As an expat, do I long for my home country ?

This instance of Reader Question will give you a very personal interpretation of the answer. I hope to encourage you to think about the meaning of home, origins/roots and sense of belonging, as we are nearing a time of the year where many of us reconnect (or long to) with our families for Christmas and…

How to make management look into real inflation for salary budgets

Ayesha joined my readership recently and asked : “I would love to hear some suggestions on what to do when market inflation rates are far higher than what the official sources as well the generally accepted sources like the The Economic Intelligence Unit magazine report… and we have to convince the organization to allocate higher…

2012 – A year of Compensation links for the UAE

Here is a gift for my readers: one year ago I wrote a piece describing the challenges facing HR and Compensation professionals in the UAE. I have compiled the most relevant articles published since, in order to update you on the latest trends affecting the work environment in the UAE. The information is compiled by…

Share the knowledge – November 2012

Like every month, here are some of the best or most relevant Compensation & Benefits, performance management, HR and/or global mobility articles that I came across recently : You’ve GOT to read this very interesting post about whether to punish failure or lack of failure. Michael Haberman from Omega HR Solutions is inspired by the…

Share the knowledge – October 2012

Like every month, here are some of the best or most relevant Compensation & Benefits, performance management, HR and/or global mobility articles that I came across recently : A nice piece on why HR needs storytelling skills from the HR Capitalist. My regular readers know that good communication on compensation is one of my pet…