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Old 01-24-2012, 09:52 AM
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Hi Everyone,

First off, looks like a fantastic community of people here. I've been reading within these forums and am quite happy to see so many people contributing!

As I am new, I hope some of you knowledgeable folks can help me out with a potential move to London (or somewhere thereabouts)...

I am about to be offered a job as a Sales Engineer for a large software firm located in London UK, and am curious to know what sort of salary I should be seeking to support living in this city / country? I'm curious to know what the general rule of thumb is for taking what you are worth in Canada (salary) and finding the equivalent worth in London. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I found one resource which recommended taking your current Canadian salary and changing the $ to a GBP sign, and use this as a starting point. Is this advisable?

Also curious to know what areas (suburbs?) would be good to look for accommodation in, for London, for a young couple (mid to late 20's) who like to go out and have fun (pubs, etc). If you have some ideas of good areas to live in, I can have a better idea of where to focus my flat rental search.

Thanks a bunch everyone.

Kind Regards,
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:03 PM
Location: SW France
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Where do you need to be near to for your job?

As to salary I'm sure the company has a figure in mind. That's your starting point. Find out what they are prepared to offer for your transfer. There are many costs involved in moving here.

I'll give one small example- your electrical goods won't work here so you'll quite possibly be starting from scratch from a kettle up.

I could go on for ages but let's see how the thread develops.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:46 PM
Location: The Silver State (from the UK)
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I would repeat Jezer's post above. We need some more info:

What are your salary expectations? (I doubt you would get the same amount of pounds as dollars)
Where in London is the job?
What other needs/wants do you have?
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:38 AM
Location: England.
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Look at the underground map. What lines run directly from work? Where you live will be a trade off between lifestyle and costs. London Weighting is extra money paid by some companies only to their London employees to reflect higher living costs.
London weighting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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