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Job opportunity in London : How much should I ask ?
11/30/2007 08:28  
Salam Alaikoum,

I have an interesting job opportunity (in IT) based in London, my family (my wife, my two children and me) will have to relocate from Paris to London.

Everybody say to me that London is very expensive : the rent's flat is very expensive, the school for children is very expensive, the doctor is very expensive, ...nevertheless I really want to do it and seize the opportunity

My question is about the salary to ask : what is the minimum budget required to live normally in London for a familly composed of 4 people ? 40000 Pounds/year ? 50000 Pounds/year ?

Many thanks for your help.
11/30/2007 11:04  
Good for you & congrats slary will depends on what you do & where you do it ....

Doctor is free on NH but the rest is expensive
40 to 50K is a god salary i wont say its a minimum ...30K may be is but all depends on what you do & where you do it ....

Good luck
11/30/2007 11:35  
The salary proposed is 65000 pounds/year.
12/01/2007 12:07  
Sounds good ....

What is the rate for the same job in Paris ?
12/01/2007 11:23  
In Paris, the rate for the same job is 60000-65000 Euros/Year.
12/01/2007 06:45  
I think what you should ask for is the prevailing wage meaning what are similar jobs paying in London? since it is there that you will be working and living.
12/02/2007 12:09  
Real estate and housing is very expensive in London. Me too i am preparing my relocation to Edinburgh Scotland with is a lot less expensive compared to London in terms of cost of living.

There's a UK net salary calculator on the net: [www.ir35calc.co.uk]

just enter you base salary (65000£) your tax code which should be arround 888L for you as you are father of two and married.
you should end up having a take-home monthly salary of 3791£ or 5570euros. This is a net salary that you can spend as you like and there's no more tax to pay.
Consider renting a 3 bedroom (T4) flat for no less than 1500 euros.

hope this helps
12/02/2007 03:23  
Hi there

Personally I would only move back to London if I will be living in 10 Downing street. to answer your original question IT workers are making in the region of of 50k that is in pounds. if you are new to the field you should be about 40K. Best areas are very very expensive hough. London is not a place to bring up children and have a wife. try live out side London and commute to the city.

Regards
12/02/2007 02:57  
Many thanks for your response. For calculate the net salary, the tax cod is 888L, I didn't know, thanks for the information.

What do you meen Adds by live out side London and commute to the city ? Where can I live for example ?

Another question. Does it exist mutual of health that allows a refund of Health expenditure (doctor, medecine, ...) in England. What will be the cost ?

Best regards.
12/02/2007 03:25  
Chelmsford, Hertfordshire, Watford, Ilford, Corydon, south End etc, generally speaking the surrounding of London is cheaper and better quality. Cambridge is nice but is at the same level as London.
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12/02/2007 04:40  
Your employer may pay for yourslf a private medical insurance such as BUPA. This gives you a confort in dealing with your health care, you pay nothing out of your pocket and the service is very rapid and quality. Your familly won't be covered. They have only NHS (securité sociale) which is a good coverage but of a bad quality compared to France. You will be asked to choose a doctor (GP) and delays for specialist are sometimes very long. After six months settling in UK, your familly qualifies for a private medical insurance to complement NHS and you need to pay the fees out of your pocket on a monthly basis
12/02/2007 05:29  
you must be joling NHS is the best in the entire world its FREE hahahahahaha
people come from Fronch to be treated in UK

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12/02/2007 07:33  
Dear Slam

I think you have to have a some professional assistance regarding the terms of your contract. Make sure you negotiotiate every tinny detail before you sign. Especially when your familly is coming with you. Make sure you have a private insurance for medical covers. Your family must be included in it from day 1 you enter UK. Your employer has to pay for it. The insurance have to cover you in your free time as well. Not only on working hours. That will usually save you NI taxes. I myself came to UK on contract with a foreign company. I would be happy to give you some feed back if you want. I also know a good consulting firm that looks at that kind of contracts and provide assistance for a fee, which is fair compared with the assistance you get.



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12/02/2007 07:57  
Many thanks Cali.

I would be grateful if you can give me a feeback or a reference of a consulting firm.
12/25/2007 03:50  
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slam1
The salary proposed is 65000 pounds/year.

Salam


I think you can make it with that salary..It sounds great!

Good luck anyway for you and your familyWinking smiley
01/02/2008 01:02  
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slam1
Salam Alaikoum,

I have an interesting job opportunity (in IT) based in London, my family (my wife, my two children and me) will have to relocate from Paris to London.

Everybody say to me that London is very expensive : the rent's flat is very expensive, the school for children is very expensive, the doctor is very expensive, ...nevertheless I really want to do it and seize the opportunity

My question is about the salary to ask : what is the minimum budget required to live normally in London for a familly composed of 4 people ? 40000 Pounds/year ? 50000 Pounds/year ?

Many thanks for your help.



Salam Alaikum,

1) To be honest, London is far better than Paris, beleive me...

2) If the job offers a secure contract in all regards, go for it ;

3) Don't start calculate your take home pay with a suggestive tax code "888L", leave that for the Tax Office and bear in mind that unless you have a National Insurance Number, you'll be considered under an "emergency tax code" for 2/3 weeks if they're quick ;

4) Don't start worrying about medical matters, think how to act, do one thing at a time :

a) leave your wife and kids back home for a start (until summer school holiday leave) ;

b) find a flat (2 bedroom is OK, you have only 2 kids) in the Borough of Camden, close to Euston if possible ;

c) in Jully kids'll be on holiday, settle down your family in London, find a school at your ease, teach your wife how to move (the best way for that is a map and the bus), they'll have plenty of time to get used to their new environment before september ;

d) get registered with a local Doctor, you'll receive an NHS card, that's just in case... you can still buy a private medical insurance if you need to...

5) Now, if you have a flat in Camden, that's just minutes away from Euston station. And remember, Paris is just 2 hours and 40 min away... You still have the option of using the French medical system with your carte Vitale, if ever you needed to...

6) Apart from accommodation, London is not that expensive to live in. Food is very affordable (buy fruits and vegetables in markets, meat at halal Moroccan or Algerian butchers' and there are many many special offers on coffees, drinks, chocolates, pastas, etc... at Tesco's, Asda's and other supermakets all around London... You will even be able to import your car from Japan for less than half the price than a similar one in the UK...

7) Don't miss this opportunity (for the welfare of your kids, especially if you have a daughter : schools in France ban the Hijab, British schools don't...).

8) It is now up to you, good luck...
01/03/2008 10:49  
Many thanks for your response.

At first, I will work at Hemel Hempstead during the first months. I'am looking for rent a flat in the neighborhood of 'Wembley Central Station'. What do you think ? Is it a good place ? What about schools ?

Many thanks for your response.
01/04/2008 10:48  
Hi,

Shoukrane Shams Al'Arab.

I will look flat at Camden neighborhood.

What about school, there is any good public school in the area ?
01/07/2008 01:27  
Camden town is ok,I personally would go for st Johns Wood area if you just you want that level. I have a brother living with his family in Hilindon schools in that borough are much better.

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