I am currently in negotiations with my company having been offered a BA role in HK. I don't have a huge amount of experience - 2 1/2 years in middle office derivatives - but I am expecting a salary somewhere between 50 & 60K per month. My question is, is it fair to expect any sort of housing allowance on top of this, and if so how much should I be asking for?
Initially I thought I would be quite happy with a salary of 50k (it's roughly equivalent to what I earn in London), but having started to look at accomodation prices, I'm starting to realise that a large chunk of that might end up paying for my rent.
I will be living with my girlfriend, and while we will not be looking for somewhere huge or particularly luxurious, we would like to be comfortable. Currently I live in a shared house in London, which is modern and very spacious, and I pay 600 per month all in. It seems for a similar price in HK, I'm likely to get little more than a cupboard!
What do people think, have I got grounds to ask for a housing allowance? Any suggestions on how much?