I'm an Aussie that has just been offered a position as a tax consulting manager in one of the Big 4 firms in HK. The total package is around HKD55,000 per month, which includes a housing allowance of 12,000 (with any part of the allowance that is not used received in cash and taxed as salary). Does anyone know how much scope there is for negotiation on these offers (or whether the salary proposed is reasonable to start with)? At the moment, my net cash after tax position will be less under the proposed package than what I currently receive here in Melbourne by around A$1,000 per month (even taking into account Australia's higher tax rates). I would have thought that they would at least try to match my current take home but pehaps this is just their way of starting the negotiations. Any input on the above would be much appreciated!