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on 27 Apr 2017

Hey all,
I recently had a job offer as Head of Sales in Ghana, and during the interview they asked about what are my salary and my benefits expectation, my answer was: Net salary to Bank account not less than $2,500 + Commission, Accommodation allowance in a safe area, food allowance, car with fuel allowance, travel expenses if applicable, not less than 2 yearly flight tickets ,not less than 15 days yearly holiday, full medical insurance for me and for my wife when applicable and school fees when applicable.

I am afraid that’s too much or maybe too little, I need your help if anyone can provide me with some advice maybe I can make some adjustments

Meagan on 9 May 2017 - 15:33
Hey Elie,

It sounds like you have all the basics covered. Most of what you've asked for are standard for an expat package – for some more info on that, you can check out our article on expat contract negotiation.

I'd also suggest having a look at the Cost of Living in Ghana page, just to get an idea of day-to-day expenses. You can use the cost of living table at the bottom of the page to draw up a rough budget, too. Other good resources for calculating the cost of living include Numbeo and Expatistan, which both have comprehensive guides and estimates of various expenses for countries and cities all over the world.

Looking at your list, one thing you might want to consider adding to your requests is provision from the company for a full-time driver. The streets of Ghana can be quite dangerous to drive on, especially at night, and drivers are often reckless. See our page on Safety in Ghana (the "driving in Ghana" subsection) for more info on this. Hiring someone else to drive who knows the roads and local driving style well can take a lot of pressure off.

Best of luck with your negotiations – let us know how it goes. And feel free to get in touch again if you have any more questions.


Alok.1986 on 11 Nov 2017 - 12:56
I have been offered a job in Ghana for USD 2500.00 + Home + Food + Vehicle + Mobile expenses. Is the offer Ok ?

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