How to Choose the Best Offer
It’s the moment you have been waiting for – you have received an employment offer, Or perhaps several. How do you know which one is right for you?
Salary will depend on factors such as demand for employees in the field, the industry sector and what grades you achieved at university.
“It is expected that people do their homework before even going to an interview or receiving an offer,” says Dr Mohammad M Abul Ola, General Manager of Integral Training & Development. “Do your research and talk to people – your colleagues, your parents, your elder brothers and sisters.”
Mohammed Al Kaabi, Human Resources Manager for Qatar gas transport company NAKILAT, says graduates commonly made the mistake of comparing salaries for different positions. “One graduate will say he was able to get a certain amount, but his colleague gets a higher amount, but maybe his colleague went to an entirely different sector,” Al Kaabi says. As well as speaking to people in your industry, he advises graduates to research salaries and market conditions on sites such as www.gulftalent.com and www.haygroup.com
THE WHOLE PACKAGE
In Qatar, employers typically offer a basic salary with associated benefits, such as medical insurance, housing allowance and transport allowance. On top of the mandatory pension fund or end-of-service benefits, employers may offer end-of-year bonuses and various other perks. It is up to the potential employee to weigh up all the elements to decide which package suits them best.
Beyond salary, it is even more important to make sure the organization is the right fit for you, Al Kaabi stresses. “There are two people you have to evaluate in any organization – the first person is the CEO, as they set the whole culture, and the second is the line manager, because he will be responsible for your development,” he explains.
Be IN DEMAND
If you want the pick of roles and a strong negotiating position, aim for a career in an area expected to be in demand for many years to come. “There continues to be an increasing need for engineers, especially within the oil and gas industry and the transportation industry, and unfortunately there is a declining number of graduates,” Dr Mohammad Abul Ola, General Manager of Integral Training & Development says. “There is also a high requirement for physicians and all across the banking and finance sector”.
WHAT MAKES UP A SALARY PACKAGE?
All packages are different, but these are the most common benefits in Qatar:
- Basic Salary
- Housing Allowance
- Medical Cover
- End-of-year Bonus
- Children’s Education Allowance
- Transport Allowance