Get ready to negotiate: 7 tips on how to Negotiate Salary when living abroad

Of course, living abroad and having an international career is a self-chosen adventure.

And yes, you are feeling privileged that they have chosen you out of all the others who might want the position.

But it is also important to realise the importance of properly negotiating your primary and secondary employment conditions with your employer.

The biggest reason for not asking for more salary or better conditions? Fear.

And I get it: salary negotiation can be scary. But it can be even scarier if you are not doing it properly.

We know most women ‘don’t ask’. But we strongly advise you to recognise your self-worth and prepare your negotiations with your employer.

Living abroad has a huge impact on your stress level and stretches your flexibility and adaptation skills. You are taking a huge step leaving your comfortable life behind.

Don’t underestimate that.

Keep in mind, you are allowed to expect something in return to keep your relocation adventure in balance.

With these tips your negotiation will be successful:

1. Think of the new situation as a new position / job. Even if it is your current employer who is sending you abroad. Rethink your benefits. This is the moment.

2. Remember that there are more points of negotiation than you might think. You are not only negotiating your salary, but also bonuses, pension and costs for the move, renting a new home and medical care.

3. Consider all costs. Does the company pay for your move and the airline tickets? Do not only negotiate the tickets and the relocation allowance for your outward journey but consider the return journey as well.

4. One-off costs are easier to negotiate than recurring expenses. Recognize your negotiating-position in this. Keep this in mind if your employer wants to offer you a one-off bonus instead of a monthly salary.

5. Be careful with specific amounts of money or numbers. For example, it is better to get the company to agree that they will pay your tickets for the return journey without linking an amount to this. With COVID we realised the consequences of this more than ever. The tickets prices where sky high at some point.

Make agreements for your family and not for the number of people. You might have an extra family member by the time you go back?

6. Are you seconded because of a talent or expertise for which they specifically need you? Then realize that you have a strong negotiating position.

7. Come up with a worst-case scenario. What if you don't like the job, a family member gets homesick or your relationship ends? Then you must be able to travel back. Devise an exit strategy and make agreements with your employer accordingly.

When are you satisfied with the outcome of the negotiation? When you and your employer both feel happy about it.

Are you not comfortable negotiating and could you use some advice?

Then contact me. I am more than happy to help you through it.