My DH is currently negotiating with his boss who wants to extend our posting to China. So we are considering again all the benefits we have for being here. In theory we should no worse off financially. What do you have or what do you wish you'd asked for? We have driver & car (not allowed to drive here), private schooling, healthcare, tax accountants for complex tax returns, tax equalising so we don't end up paying more tax through being abroad, culture and language lessons (now finished but will ask for more). Anything else we should ask for? Actually having listed it I already feel pretty pleased with the list!
DP has full housing, full medical and dental, 4 flights home a year (which I can also use), food allowance per day equivalent to a typical basket of groceries in that country. He also gets 1 week extra annual leave and tax equalisation.
We don't have DCs but he would also get schooling. Depending on where we are and how desirable the country is to expats, he gets an extra allowance ie when we were in Singapore, he got next to nothing as everyone wanted to go there.
Never had language classes, but could see it being useful in China.
I'd push for flights definitely. It is so nice for me to know I can go home whenever without worrying about it.
Doh! Yes we get flights and housing. Pushing for more flights on basis of elderly parents. I like the sound of pollution allowance. We def need that here. Shanghaidiva how did you wangle Ayi? Nice move! I pay our Ayi although to be fair it's not much... Ah the expat life! Thanks all. Gives a bit more for DH to argue about.