US Expats uplift salary for working in Angola in the Oil & Gas sector

Asked by wozniakmic 7 years, 1 month ago | 5 Answers


I have search everywhere but seem unable to find good information on the average uplift percentage of salary for US Expats in Oil & Gas working in Luanda, Angola.

Can someone who has been there or the folks in Human Resources share some information. Again, I am looking for an average percentage of uplift (hardship for working in Angola and away from home base in the US).

Any other information regarding new US expats looking to go to Angola is welcome and appreciated.


5 Answers

ekwuemesam 7 years, 1 month ago

I do not have a figure of salary uplift to share, but please consider the followings when you accept a position in Angola. It is the most expensive place in the world to live for expats.

  • Housing, transportation, meals should be covered by your company as these are too expensive for you to deal with (2-bedroom apartment can average USD $5-10K per month, an average restaurant meal is USD $50 and a good one sets you back USD $150).
  • Company cell-phone, internet service, cable service, drinking water supply.
  • Additional allowance per day for toothbrush, battery, etc.
  • Daily maid service (negotiable).
  • Ensure your company's provided housing has: furnitures and appliances, beddings, dishes, and pots and pans, cleaning supplies.
  • Bring at least few thousands USD in clean, new-style $100 bills with you if you expect to stay longer than a week at once. Change money on the streets for the best rate.
  • Battery-powered alarm clocks and flashlights and spare batteries as there are frequent power outage.
  • Basic medicine supplies
  • Electricity converters/adapters
  • Bring a cooler with wheels (cheap and light-weight) so you can carry your favorite foods when you are in Angola.
  • That same cooler can be filled with water and reserved for those days when you have no electricity or water due to power outage.
  • Buy a mosquito electric zapper before you go.
  • Keep your room cold and all doors/windows shut in order to keep the mosquitoes out or sleep in a mosquito net. 
  • Long pants, long sleeves, socks and closed shoes in white/light color are recommended.

Welcome additional comments and inputs.

pasmith 7 years, 1 month ago

Some useful information on hotel stay and social gathering.

  • Expats often meet Thursday evening at the Viking Club in Maianga for social activities.
  • Nice Hotels in Luanda Central: Epic Sana, Tropico, Skyna.

Other important info that expat should consider are:

  • Taxes - Since oil workers have considerably high income, tax will be assessed at 15% to anyone who earn income while in Angola. It is a direct tax that employers deduct from monthly wages. A tax declaration must also be completed every year.
  • Request for a gated community when you live in housing.

franchaze 7 years, 1 month ago
The current average uplift is around 40% for US Expats to Angola. This is based on my experience only from a midsize EPC firm. Other EPC and oil operators may be difference. Also most people in Oil and Gas going to Angola work 10-12 hours day and 6 days/week. Since we are away from home to work so we should make it worthwhile.

lilianlope 7 years, 1 month ago
I have heard of about at least 20% uplift for candidates being placed in Angola. This is few years back so it may be higher now due to demand and cost of everything inflated. Hope that helps.

mobassey 7 years ago
As of summer 2014, Day-Rate Up-lift – about 40% for contractors, and up to 50% for major oil company engineer personnel on permanent status. Contractors work 5-6 days a week (try 6-7) (Angolans only work 4-5 days a week). Negotiate to work Angolan Holidays… there are a lot of them and unscheduled at times… Accommodations – $250/day for meals and lodging, or $125/day for meals, cleaning etc. if company supplied housing. Transportation – most contractors take company provided busses/cars to/from work. Weekend travel is not much or catches a ride with someone who has a car. If car and driver are provided it usually costs $225/day. If rotation is desirable, it is negotiable for single status. The 10/2 or 12/3 are common rotations, but work your own deal. Usually company pays one way for travel time and nothing on time off.