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    UK job situation? How bad is it?

    You are correct. But that's where the jobs were. We needed to both have work, and the jobs for both our professions were predominantly in London. We could have lived outside and commuted in, but then we would have lost 2 more hours in the day... I did a search for my job on Indeed. The combined jobs in Bristol, Reading, Birmingham and Manchester was about 200. London was 800... needs must and we were losing money... Yes there are nicer places, but it is nicer still back here. We spent so much time weighing pros and cons, but in the end the quality of life, weather, and general positivity of the people here is second to none. Australians don't know (Still even in the current climate) how good they have it.
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    UK job situation? How bad is it?

    Well we did actually take the plunge and relocate to London from Brisbane last year. As it turned out we suffered very severe reverse culture shock. We both found good jobs, if slightly unstable, and had a great apartment. However we found the noise, and the strain on infrastructure just too much and it we are back in our house in brisbane, less than a year since we left. Lots of lessons learned, thankfully the jobs are still good here and we still had our house. I think the idea of extended holiday is a good one, but nothing is the same as actually trying to live and work in a new location... Anyway, we are very much pinging and ponging. Hopefully we have seen the grass on both sides now and realise the Aussie side is thicker and more lush (though not after the current Brisbane dry Winter).
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    So who HAS returned to the UK & been happy?

    I totally agree with that idea. One other theme very present on this forum is ping ponging back and forth. If you leave without getting citizenship you are potentially closing the door to Australia. As well as the fact getting citizenship is a painful and lengthy process you don't want to repeat! You may find that you like it here after all, but it most certainly gives you more options. We are returning to the UK, but it may well be that we will ultimately end up here for our retirement. The weather can't really be beaten and the lifestyle is good. For us family is more important at the moment, and we miss the culture of Europe. It's good to know there are other people in exactly the same situation and with the same feelings as you. Its certainly helped us pluck up the courage to move...
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    So who HAS returned to the UK & been happy?

    Hmm, don't know about anyone else but we had a big surprise when we returned for our 'tester' holiday back in the UK. We went into Tesco's to compare prices with our local (expensive) Coles and to our surprise (and horror), we found that most items were twice as expensive in Australia than in England. Now I grant you that the Dollar is extremely strong against the pound, but even so, its lot cheaper for staples in England. Even Australian wine (not a bad bottle) was only 5.65GBP (so about the same). Mince beef was 2 pounds a kilo (compared with 8 dollars a kilo + here). Baby formula (for a 900g tin) was 8 pounds versus $25! It was a shock. With house prices rising fast (still!) here in Brisbane, power bills comparable (check the statistics...), its looking good. Then again I found out that people have just excepted losing almost all of their super in the UK... and water and services cost more. That is where things even out. Its eye opening, but for us the decision is made - we are returning to the UK...
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    UK job situation? How bad is it?

    This is exactly what we are thinking - It may be worth the risk given the housing market and exchange rate... The Brisbane housing market is quite absurd at the moment, and house prices in the UK are very competitive as a result. The main factor however is the job - It may be that my OH, who has SAP experience and German may get the work and I become a house husband until I can find work myself. There are quite a few options. We are certainly going to be looking for jobs whilst in the UK! Thanks for the advice - Paul
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    UK job situation? How bad is it?

    Hi Thanks for all the advice. We also really appreciate that you all realise how hard a decision it is to make. We have spent the last two weeks bouncing back and forth between going in September and March - and it has stressed us out considerably. Who would have thought that a *simple* decision could cause so much angst. We have finally decided to wait until March, the end of our next rental lease (though we are being kicked out in September from our current one - moving twice was a definite factor in our decision making - the job situation was a bigger one). It give me another 10 months of work - over Xmas - and the chance to save more money. It also allows us to see how the UK economy is tracking and to look for jobs and set up recruitment agents/interviews in the meantime. We are coming to the UK in the beginning of August - for a week only however (I am indispensible at work - a boon and a curse!) and will try to get as much info/interviews etc crammed into that time as possible, though I think a holiday can only go so far to how things would be semi-permanent. Thanks for the info on job sites - I have been looking and things are still moving by the looks. I think it is the case that there are many more people applying for the same job. It means you either have to have the exact skill set they need, or make yourself more competitive with a pay cut. We shall see. Once again, thanks for the advice and support - keep it coming, more information is always a good thing. Paul
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    UK job situation? How bad is it?

    Hi all, Firstly, thanks for all the other threads in this forum. It has really helped us out knowing that we are not the only ones with this feeling of being constantly in 'limbo' and feeling like we don't belong here. I came out in Brisbane in 2000 and have been based here ever since. Here I met OH (also an expat, but German in origin) in 2004 and we have lived here since then (bar a year when we travelled around the world). We have just recently had a babe and feeling we should return home has become much stronger, as well as OH's mother not being too well at the moment. We want our respective families to enjoy being with our daughter. As such we have made the decision to return before the end of the year. However my family is giving us equal encouragement to come but negative views about the UK job climate. We appreciate what Australia has and the lifestyle on offer. As such its a difficult decision to make, and its been compounded by the fact that with a secure job here in Brisbane we could be giving up a lot for an uncertain future in the UK. So we would value any advice that you may have. I suppose our main question to help us move forward and follow through on our decision (or delay it!) is how the UK job market is looking and how it may be looking 6 months down the line... It would be good to get some information from people in the UK or those who have just returned, as an internet search about it is not bringing up much. I am working in IT and my OH is a commercial accountant working with SAP looking for work part time. We are predominantly looking at London, which is where all the work seems to be, but would move anywhere south of Manchester. Thanks again for any help... Good luck in your choices. Paul
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