I'm currently working for a Norwegian company in Oslo. As a result I am being paid in a salary which converted back to Euros makes me appear to my friends back in Ireland to be filthy rich.
And indeed I sort of am. Sure. Most of my salary is lost on $2000 rent, $10 beers and the like, but the percentage of my salary I save is about the same as I would be saving back home and x% of a lot is much more than x% of a little.
A change seems to be in order however. My company wants to transfer me to another country which is to Ireland what Ireland is to Norway. That is it is still a decent modern country but with a substantially lower cost of living.
Career wise this move makes a lot of sense for me and I am completely fine personally with the move. I do miss sunlight.
However the big concern is the pay... Given the lower cost of living it goes without saying that I will be seeing a wage drop, even though this technically will be a diagonal promotion my current salary over there would really be according to glassdoor very senior management level.
How can I best handle negotiations to ensure that this drop is kept to a minimum and that I can maintain a decent quality of life whilst still saving a reasonable amount of money?
How can the fact that I have not had a pay raise in recent years (pretty standard in Norway due to the already high costs) be brought into play for this?