Compensation Case Study

    Nov 12, 2021 @ 07:01 AM / by Andrea Downing

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    Client Challenge:

    A professional services client was looking to distribute its workforce from Dubai to other Middle East locations. Since incomes are high and quality-of-life is very good in Dubai, the company was concerned about the impact to the employee’s compensation.

    To make other Middle East countries more attractive, they needed to evaluate the compensation and establish a bonus or ‘sweetener’. The client needed a tool to help them determine the appropriate payment and/or allowance for these moves. The tool needed to consider both cost-of-living and quality-of-life factors.


    AIRINC recommended using a combination of the Salary Evaluation Tool and Hardship data to determine the ‘sweetener’. This tool allowed the client to compare Dubai vs their other Middle East locations to better understand the cost differences the employee will face.

    They also reviewed the Hardship data to be sure that they were accounting for quality-of-life issues. When combining this information, the client was able to determine the required bonus/’sweetener’ to make moves out of Dubai more attractive.

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    Andrea Downing

    Written by Andrea Downing

    Andrea joined AIRINC in 2014 as a Client Solutions Executive with over fifteen years’ experience in global mobility with expatriate data consultancies. Andrea is the first point of contact for clients within the EMEA region that are managing their first international assignments; she also develops relationships with partner companies in EMEA. Andrea’s experience ranges from conducting pricing surveys to managing consulting projects, providing a full understanding of all the issues clients face with cross-border moves. Andrea has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Biological Sciences from Middlesex University.