Can an 'inpat' make the case for an expat salary?

Expat and “inpat” salaries are determined using a set scale, but there is some wiggle room depending on a person’s background and experience. Photo by: Hans Splinter / CC BY-ND

Experienced development professionals who wish to work in their home country are up against a number of challenges when it comes to salary negotiation.

For one, a deliberate focus on hiring locally does not equal higher salaries for local hires.

While it’s possible to stand out as an “inpat” — a professional with international experience or education who wishes to work in his or her home country — it can still be a long road to make a case for remuneration that is closer to an international salary due to established job ranks and donors’ country-specific salary scales for local professionals.

But donor pocketbooks might need to open wider — and already seem to be — as interest in hiring locally rises right along with levels of in-country talent and the salaries this talent demands.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.