I have been combing through the threads and could not find info on this, so apologies in advance if this topic has been covered elsewhere!
I'm wondering if stipends are common or uncommon in Bahrain work contracts (if so, are some more common than others?) For example, when I lived in Asia I always received some kind of housing stipend each month that covered at least 50-75% of my rent or the company would just provide housing, which was very common in my experience. A friend of mine lives in the KSA and gets stipends for practically everything (housing, travel, contract completion, living, airline tickets per year). So I'm looking over a contract right now with monthly pay that would be wonderful. . .if some housing and daily travel allowances were included. But I don't know if these are normal in Bahrain. =S
Also, is it a social fax paus to negotiate for a higher salary while discussing the contract if I am unable to have some expenses included?
If anyone could shed some light on this, I'd really appreciate it!