I work as a software engineer in Eastern Europe. My job description does not involve travel of any kind. Our client is located somewhere in Western Europe, about 1000 miles (1600 km) away.
Recently an unforeseen situation came up which would require someone from my company to travel to the client's headquarters and work from there. They initially thought of proposing this to me. The setup is something like 2 weeks there, then 2 weeks back home, then 2 weeks there again and so on. All this during a 6-month period.
My employer would cover the costs of:
- airplane tickets
- local transportation while living there (stuff like taxis, subway tickets etc.)
- an X amount of dollars/euros for each day while living there (for food and other extra stuff)
This does seem quite generous and reasonable, but there is another issue here.
This would have a very significant impact over my personal/private life. It also involves dealing with hotels, airports, loneliness, big interruption in social life, being unable to do things or attend events because you're far away etc.
All this, from what I see was somewhat studied and documented before.
In order to compensate for all those inconveniences, I was thinking about asking my employer for extra salary during those 6 months. My question is: how much do I ask for ? My thinking right now is something like +25%. Is that too little for something like this ? Or too much ? What is a typical/reasonable amount for such a situation ?
I think it could be interesting to accept this proposal, but I also think it's very reasonable to be compensated for the major inconvenience.
My guess is: if they feel my request is unreasonable, they will simply try to find someone else to do it. Which is something I don't really want because, like I said above, it could be an interesting experience.
Disclaimer: I'm asking this from a secondary account, for privacy reasons. @moderators I hope that's OK.