1. martinmc78's Avatar
    IT pays well it just that I'm on a rubbish wage, I'm just a little bit above minimum wage.

    A normal IT Technician can get 15,000 to 20,000.
    Yeah - you need to change industries - I paid more than 15K in tax last year.
    09-02-2013 11:33 AM
  2. BIGPADDY's Avatar
    I guess that's an ok salary where you are. :)
    It perfect for where I live, unlike London went down there a few time and I was shocked they were charging 5 times the price for everything!
    09-02-2013 11:33 AM
  3. BIGPADDY's Avatar
    Yeah - you need to change industries - I paid more than 15K in tax last year.
    I like that industry, if your a manager you get triple that!
    09-02-2013 11:35 AM
  4. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Yeah - you need to change industries - I paid more than 15K in tax last year.
    I think I was around that or more... I wasn't very good at reducing my taxes. :P In Australia my taxes were ridiculous but I didn't run a company there. I think I paid around $1000 a week or something. I'd have to look at an old payslip.
    09-02-2013 11:40 AM
  5. martinmc78's Avatar
    It perfect for where I live, unlike London went down there a few time and I was shocked they were charging 5 times the price for everything!
    Yeah everything costs more in London. Tourists push the prices up.
    09-02-2013 11:40 AM
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    I think I was around that or more... I wasn't very good at reducing my taxes. :P In Australia my taxes were ridiculous but I didn't run a company there. I think I paid around $1000 a week or something. I'd have to look at an old payslip.
    I wish I worked in Dubai when I was given the opportunity. No taxes and no expenses.
    09-02-2013 11:41 AM
  7. BIGPADDY's Avatar
    Yeah everything costs more in London. Tourists push the prices up.
    I wouldn't want to live in London knowing that it cheaper up north.
    09-02-2013 11:42 AM
  8. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I wish I worked in Dubai when I was given the opportunity. No taxes and no expenses.
    Yeah I bet it would have been great but stressful at the same time. I've had some good runs so I can't really complain. Unfortunately at this stage that appears to be over. I'll keep my options open however. :)
    09-02-2013 11:43 AM
  9. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I wouldn't want to live in London knowing that it cheaper up north.
    Depends on your preferences and desires. Down here there's simply more opportunity and people willing to pay you more. The only real price difference is rents or property. Everything else is the same. I can say that because I lived up where you were.
    09-02-2013 11:44 AM
  10. martinmc78's Avatar
    Yeah I bet it would have been great but stressful at the same time. I've had some good runs so I can't really complain. Unfortunately at this stage that appears to be over. I'll keep my options open however. :)
    Yeah was just bad timing when the offer came through - 2 year contract, tax free earnings and all living and travel expenses paid for. My then girlfriend had just given birth to our daughter so wasn't a viable option.
    09-02-2013 11:48 AM
  11. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Yeah was just bad timing when the offer came through - 2 year contract, tax free earnings and all living and travel expenses paid for. My then girlfriend had just given birth to our daughter so wasn't a viable option.
    Ah. That is bad timing. You couldn't even take your girlfriend and daughter with you as I believe that's frowned upon there. You would have had to be married.

    Oh well. When I was in Australia there were some good contract deals but they all disappeared after the financial crash and now I think things are slowing down again down there so it will probably vanish completely. Here in the UK there's nothing special going on and no packages of any sort. I've also gone staff as I can't be bothered with running a company and we're looking to purchase a home hopefully next year or sometime in the near future.
    09-02-2013 11:52 AM
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    I see I managed to get on the top posters list again. :P
    09-02-2013 12:03 PM
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    Ah. That is bad timing. You couldn't even take your girlfriend and daughter with you as I believe that's frowned upon there. You would have had to be married.

    Oh well. When I was in Australia there were some good contract deals but they all disappeared after the financial crash and now I think things are slowing down again down there so it will probably vanish completely. Here in the UK there's nothing special going on and no packages of any sort. I've also gone staff as I can't be bothered with running a company and we're looking to purchase a home hopefully next year or sometime in the near future.
    Yeah - kids out of marriage is a big no no out there. I have had offers for work in Australia the last couple of years as well - just relocating out there never appealed to me. I was staff previously but have gone back to contracting for the last year and a bit. Although Im running through an umbrella company so for all intents and purposes I am classed as staff - get all my taxes and everything paid for me but get the benefits of contractors wages. I really haven't got the financial discipline to run my own company.
    09-02-2013 12:04 PM
  14. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Well basically end of the work day here. Sun is still out and the sky is blue. All good things. :)
    09-02-2013 12:04 PM
  15. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Yeah - kids out of marriage is a big no no out there. I have had offers for work in Australia the last couple of years as well - just relocating out there never appealed to me. I was staff previously but have gone back to contracting for the last year and a bit. Although Im running through an umbrella company so for all intents and purposes I am classed as staff - get all my taxes and everything paid for me but get the benefits of contractors wages. I really haven't got the financial discipline to run my own company.
    I enjoyed Australia when I lived there. It depends where you live and what you plan to do while you're there. I miss some aspects of living there but not enough to keep me there. It's good to go for a short spell but you probably wouldn't want to stay there. Australia sort of lacks some things.
    09-02-2013 12:06 PM
  16. BIGPADDY's Avatar
    Depends on your preferences and desires. Down here there's simply more opportunity and people willing to pay you more. The only real price difference is rents or property. Everything else is the same. I can say that because I lived up where you were.
    I paid 4.50 to 5 for burger and chips, up north it 3.50! :P

    I love food!
    09-02-2013 12:12 PM
  17. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Warm sun but cool air. Change of season starting.
    09-02-2013 12:13 PM
  18. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I paid 4.50 to 5 for burger and chips, up north it 3.50! :P

    I love food!
    I pay 5 for an all you can eat Chinese buffet and the food quality is pretty good.
    09-02-2013 12:15 PM
  19. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    There's plenty of pubs where I am that have food deals.
    09-02-2013 12:16 PM
  20. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I love food too but quality is important to me.
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    09-02-2013 12:17 PM
  21. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    What I find shocking is that you can get a dozen doughnuts at ASDA for 2! That is cheap!
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    09-02-2013 12:23 PM
  22. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Food prices are not that bad in UK. I know everyone complains but you should see what the prices in Australia is like.
    09-02-2013 12:24 PM
  23. BIGPADDY's Avatar
    What I find shocking is that you can get a dozen doughnuts at ASDA for 2! That is cheap!
    You can get a dozen donuts from Morrison for a 1!!!
    09-02-2013 12:31 PM
  24. martinmc78's Avatar
    I paid 4.50 to 5 for burger and chips, up north it 3.50! :P

    I love food!
    Im happy to spend 10 on a burger. But it has got to be a monster

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    09-02-2013 12:32 PM
  25. BIGPADDY's Avatar
    Im happy to spend 10 on a burger. But it has got to be a monster

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    That looks delicious!!!
    09-02-2013 12:32 PM
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