Nigeria tops oil expat pay table

A typical oil and gas executive in Nigeria earns nearly half a million dollars a year, chalking up the biggest premium for working abroad over salary levels in Britain, research released today showed. A typical senior oil and gas employee in Nigeria will receive a supplementary country premium worth 45 per cent of base pay, taking the total salary to $454,400 a year, a study by the Curzon Partnership recruitment consultants showed. This trumps packages for executives working in Libya or Iraq, who could expect a total salary of around $354,900, the research found. Oil industry executives in Indonesia can expect a premium of 40 per cent in Indonesia, 35 per cent in Ghana and 30 per cent in Libya, Kurdistan or Egypt, the research found.