Nigeria tops oil expat pay table, study confirms
British oil expats get the highest premium in Nigeria, earning nearly half a million dollars, well above oil rich countries such as Iraq or Libya, Curzon Partnership research shows
Ahram Online, Monday 19 Mar 2012
A typical oil and gas executive in Nigeria earns nearly half a million dollars a year, chalking up the biggest premiums earned by British expats working in the industry across the world, research released on Monday showed.
A typical senior oil and gas employee in Nigeria will receive a supplementary country premium worth 45 per cent of base pay, taking the total salary to $454,400 a year, a study by the Curzon Partnership recruitment consultants showed.
This trumps packages for executives working in Libya or Iraq, who could expect a total salary of around $354,900, the research found.
Oil and gas workers from developed nations working in Nigeria are paid well because of the number of projects that need international staff, local skills shortages and big cultural differences, the firm said.
"Whilst Lagos is an exciting and well established place to work for expats, oil and gas companies recognise that the incentives have to be high, because life as an expat in Nigeria is so different from countries with broader industries and higher standards of living," Helen Di Mauro, a partner at the Curzon Partnership, said.
Oil industry executives in Indonesia can expect a premium of 40 per cent in Indonesia, 35 per cent in Ghana and 30 per cent in Libya, Kurdistan or Egypt, the research found.