I’ve never thought about UK as for a special country like some people used to saying is such a amazing place to live. Well, as I’m observing it now a new person in UK can earn 1061£ (after tax), when price for rent a flat starts from around 700£ (for 1 and 2 bedroom flat). Add costs of traveling to work, costs of food (depending on many factors and/or person). For example using public transport to drive around 8miles (12,8km) will cost you 4,2£ when it’s one way ticket (single) or 7£ when it’s round-trip (return).
Fuel costs around 1,2£ per 1l so it seem to be cheaper to use a car, even after taking into account insurance and tax road fees (depending from type of car, year of production etc.).
What about food costs? Well, food is not expensive, for example: 1liter of milk costs around 80pence but when you will buy 3.4L then you will pay only 1,5£.
White bread 800g costs from 50p to 2£, 400g chocolate spread costs from 80p to 3£, 1l of fruit juice starts from less than 1£. Also price reductions are very popular here.Often when you will buy more, you will receive better price. For example when 1l of fruit juice costs 1£ then buy 3 pay 2.5£ or buy 1 get 1 free, buy 2 get one half price, etc.
Living in UK for a single person doesn’t seem to be amazing, this why many people here are doing overtimes or trying to receive benefits from Council.
I’ve met two young men who came to UK 8 years ago and now, after all this time they will receive contract directly from company they work for. In my opinion, there is no need to wait so long to be hired directly by company. I think, that vey important is to let people to know you, to speak with other people instead of looking after your countrymen.
When you’re looking for your countrymen and talk only with them, then you are isolating yourself and minimize your chances at work.
I was living and working in UK five years ago, for around half year, only the difference was, that I wanted to see some places in UK and for that time, the best solution was to live and work here. I knew, that I came here only for few months and I used to worked hired by agency. They was sending me from one place to another wherever an additional worker was needed. However owner of one of the factory that I used to work in, when I was about to go back home, he said, that whenever I’ll come back to UK I can just come to this factory and I’ll be hired directly by him.
This is why I think, that a lot depends from people it self, just prove what you are worth, show what you can do and respect other people.
For couples and families is just easier here, but from experience which I gained it’s like this in most places if not all.
Anyway, it’s really nice to me, that I’ve changed surrounding environment. Life here is like anywhere else, work here is like anywhere else, but I feel relief.
I hope to hear from you what you think about living and woking abroad and what is your experience with it.
Have a nice day.