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Benefits package in Bangkok

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Employees accept job offers not only upon the salary, but on the benefits that accompany many positions. Employee benefits are a "job perk" that may convince a potential employee to join a specific company. Evaluate what benefits are valuable to you when looking for a package. To convince an employee to go abroad, there may be additional benefits to help ease the transition. The most common is an increase in salary, although the high quality of living in Thailand is a draw in itself for some.

Example of Benefits that may be offered:

  • Medical insurance
  • Payment of visa and work permit fees
  • A set amount of flights home each year
  • School fees
  • A driver
  • Hardship allowance
  • Relocation allowance
  • Language lessons

Tips for Contract Negotiation in Thailand

The first step in negotiating an adequate relocation package is evaluating the needs of you and your family. Is the monetary bottom line the most important? Or do you require specific benefits like company paid housing, tuition, or benefits? Once you know what you want, it's time to negotiate.

  • Be willing to negotiate - Understand what value you bring to your position and be willing to negotiate for it.
  • Do your research - Find out what a comparable offer might be. Have some idea of what you expect and what you are willing to accept
  • Don't get emotionally involved - While taking an expat position has deep impact on your life, this is not a personal discussion. Remember that for the employer, this is just business. Keep calm, patient and friendly.
  • Never be the first person to name a figure - Many people undervalue their worth and if you start low, there is only so high you can go.
  • Money isn't everything - Look past the dollar signs and make sure you are recognizing all aspects of value in an offer. Perhaps there are perks you hadn't considered or a more flexible time line.

Find out more about benefits and perks in our article "Expat Package Compensation".

Update 15/09/2013


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