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    Offered a job in Aus

    Thankyou to everyone that has had an input in this post and any other that I posted along this journey . The wealth of knowledge , advice and experience you all bring to this forum is invaluable to the many people that hope, plan and succeed in moving "Down Under" . I have learned alot and hopefully I will be able to pass it on aswell . [emoji6] [emoji106]
  2. Thanks a million for all your help mate . I cannot thank you enough [emoji106] . I ended up turning the job down in the end [emoji53] Ive explained why in the thread " offered a job in Aus "
  3. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    My decision was made last week , and with a heavy heart I had to turn this great opportunity down . I know some of you may disagree but it was not right for us a family . Ill explain a little . The position on offer was a permanent night shift working wed, thur,fri rotating to a sun ,mon,tue every 2 months . (With an expectation to work every other sat night as and when needed, which right now was all the time ) As I explained earlier this came with 12 days hols +bh .... which if fell on a shift I was due to work I was expected to do in return for single rate + a day in lieu . All overtime was at single rate . My projected earnings inc ot, would have been ×3+ my current salary ( not exchange rate ) . When compared with my current benefits I felt as a family we would not have as much quality time together, and as my child is 6 years of age I did not want to look back in 5 years time and realise I had missed a lot of his growing up by (a) working practically every weekend (b) having less holiday entitlement to enjoy as a family . The sick pay worried me too . Btw I am never off sick ! but should I be, I currently have a safety blanket of 3+ months paid sick leave ,which as a family man is comforting . For example, a friend of mine had a kidney transplant and only received the bare minimum statutory sick pay, working for a different company. My wife works full time and her employers allow her flexibility around my shifts which is great because we do not have to rely on child care . This decision has not been taken lightly, and has been in the planning for 12 months with me even doing a one week reccie to Sydney ( not long enough [emoji22] ) We have a holiday home next to the beach and I plan on getting a jetski this year now. Although obviously colder and ill need a good wetsuit/drysuit maybe I can achieve a little bit of the lifestyle we are looking for . I would just like to say a huge thankyou [emoji106] [emoji6] to everyone that has helped me with advice including the gentleman I spoke to on the phone when I was in Sydney ( @Joebloggs) I certainly now have had a taste for Australia and who knows , if a position becomes available with more family friendly hours we will give it a go .
  4. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    You have hit the nail on the head tbf , and you make alot of sense , thankyou for your input .
  5. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    Thankyou for your very informative reply , it has all the nuts and bolts I need to make my decision , what is the VAC though ? [emoji53]
  6. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    You could not have explained it better , thankyou ..
  7. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    Really ? Please explain [emoji53]
  8. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    Holidays include 4 paid bank holidays
  9. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    Thankyou wakeboard and scattley .. I currently work a 4 on 4 off shift pattern 12 hours .. I get 31 days holiday + 3 months sick pay + life assurance .. I am starting to think that my dreams of a better life style / more time with my young family in Aus are not going to be better than I have here .. #confused
  10. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    The job is a 3 on 4 off role on a 12 hr shift . which equals a 36 hr week .. so the paid holidays on offer are 4 weeks .. which in effect are 12 days , within the manufacturing industry , its a specialised role ..
  11. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    Based on 12 hour shifts so actually equals 12 days per year + bank holidays
  12. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    4 weeks holiday 8 days sick pay + super
  13. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    Thankyou for taking the time to reply. This position has been in the pipeline for over 12 months now, and they flew me over to Sydney at the end of last year to meet them but I have only recently received all the information I need to make a decision to uproot my family . ..thanks again :-)
  14. chenzo

    Offered a job in Aus

    Ive been offered a job in Sydney with sponsorship , but in comparison to my current role it does not compare well in terms of benefits .. ie paid holidays , sickness pay , life assurance and hours of work , salary slightly better though . It has taken a lonnnng time to get to this stage . What would you do ? [emoji20] [emoji33]
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