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  1. grahamffc

    Salaries UK v AUS

    Hi all, When reading posts most people mention that "salaries are higher in Australia" but while some salaries may be 4x higher wile another might only be marginay higher or even lower. I think it would help the many of prospective migrants who come on this forum if they could find some info about their profession as opposed to a blanket statement. Plus I am curious myself as to which jobs enjoy the biggest increase! I appreciate its personal info that many people will not want to divulge. It would help to say where both are/were as regions have an impact in both countries. Ignore exchange rates as they change all the time, and costs of living is a totally different topic and will vary massively depending on situations and lifestyle choices. Please include super in Australian salaries as it will be your money one day. I'll get the ball rolling: Accountant: UK (London): 40,000 GBP AUS (Melbourne): 75,000 AUD
  2. Hi I have been offered a job on a 457 in Melbourne, but have just have just been told about another location for the same job in Adelaide. To be honest I have not really considered Adelaide before and would be interested in peoples opinions on whether they would choose Adelaide over Melbourne and vice versa? I like the idea of living someplace that is not quite as big as Melbourne and get more for my buck, but I don't know if Adelaide has much going on about it. We have done a lot of research into Melbourne to accept the job, now this alternative office base has come along has given us a dilemma. Would be interested in any perspectives on both locations! Thanks, Ginge
  3. Hi everyone! thought some family people (especially with young children) might be interested in this comparison! I have recently had my child tax credit/and working tax credit back - telling me I'm now entitled to.......67 pounds a month!!!! I have two children under three, i work (20 hrs) earning minimum wage and my husband is an a contracted electrician - usually working 60 hours a week - earning about 25 grand (after tax) HOWEVER, he is at moment working away (as due to economic crisis there are few jobs local to us) so he has to pay about 120 pounds a wk i just cant believe how much we are being penalised for being married and wanting to be a family! I dont expect the gov to support us, it just annoys me how it doesnt support married couples and/or family units. In contrast after doing a bit of research I've discovered that with my hubbie working full time, me as STAY AT HOME mum and with three kids, we'll be entitled to around $1200 in Australia - because the gov there has a scheme to support families with only one breadwinner, where one parent wants to stay at home!!! WOW! i cannot believe this we're actually not going to be penalised for being a family! i think we need to get on a plane quick, because with rising costs here in the UK we won't be able to survive much longer!!!
  4. With so many people already booking flights (to either validate their visa or fully relocate) I've started to scout prices on Kayak.com myself (a site I've used so many times before to successfully book flights). I've decided to look for tickets from Seattle to Sydney around February/March 2013 as to give myself extra time to save money and find possible job while still in the USA. To my surprise finding the cheapest flight turns out to be quite .. difficult. For example, a flight from Seattle (SEA) to Sydney (SYD) (one way): February 13th (Wednesday): (looking +/- 3 days around that day) Cheapest: $1103 (on 02/10) - takes whooping 39 hours with one 22h layover in Honolulu Shortest (and somewhat still cheap): $1251 (on 02/14) - 21h with two layovers in Vancouver, Canada and Auckland, NZ I've checked later dates, but the price oscilates around $1100 (+/- $50) for the months of March and April (and later). Anyway, I've decided to find an alternative, cheaper route by checking prices of individual flights between the following cities: 1. Seattle -> Los Angeles -> Sydney 2. Seattle -> Honolulu -> Sydney So I've checked Kayak again .. Option 1: Seattle -> Los Angeles -> Sydney 1a. Seattle -> Los Angeles : $109 on 02/15 - 2.5h long 1b. Los Angeles -> Sydney : $587 on 02/16 - 19h long (one 3h stop in Nadi, Fiji) Aside from paying for one night stay in Los Angeles a family of 4 could save a lot of money just by splitting the flight into two. Seattle -> Sydney * 4 = $1103 * 4 = $4412 Seattle -> Los Angeles -> Sydney = ($109 + $587) * 4 = $696 * 4 = $2784 Savings: $1628 (minus a $150 or so for a room) Option 2: Seattle -> Honolulu -> Sydney 2a: Seattle -> Honolulu : $197 on 02/12 - 6h long 2b: Honolulu -> Sydney: $528 on 02/13 - 10.5h long In this case savings over a "direct" flight are a little bit smaller. Seattle -> Honolulu -> Sydney : ($197 + $528 ) * 4 = $725 * 4 = $2900 Savings: $1512 (minus $150 or so for room) A little bit more expensive than the Option 1, but Hawaii is a bit more enjoyable than Los Angeles :-D I'm tempted to contact an agent to see what kind of prices would he/she find for me. Does anyone have similar experiences with trying to find cheap plane tickets?
  5. Hello I am moving to Melbourne next month from NZ to start a job where my office located on the fringe of Melbourne CBD. I am looking at renting a place either in Werribee or Greensborough area. Can anyone tell me what the respective peak / off-peak hour travel time by train is like for Werribee vs Greensborough? (Metro Trains gave the estimates as 34 min for Werribee to CBD and 44 min for Greensborough to CBD for travel between 7.30 to 8.00 am on weekdays). Many thanks
  6. Hi, Just curious on how living standards compare between working in IT in Aus & UK. Planning on going to Aus mid-way through 2012. Currently work in Networking as a perm in the UK. Want to know how I would do moneywise when I go to Aus, as a perm or a contractor. Specifically Sydney or Melbourne. Cheers :biggrin:
  7. motherof2

    Foodie comparison

    Without going through all the brands and probably spending a small fortune, could anyone tell me if they have found a good equivalent to Clover & Hellmans mayonaise? The mayo I've tried in pre made coleslaws here tastes very vinegery/salad creamy.
  8. Guest

    a gentle comparison

    hi all, im living in adelaide at moment was out in the sticks in sa for 18 months and been here over 2 years in all plus plenty of visits to see relations. im permanent resident here and an observer of life in general. i have recently been back in uk for a couple of months and wanted to make some hints about what ive seen an some gentle comparisons. if people are thinking of moving back this might help. everyone always said how amazing australia is and that uk has no future and everything so much rosier in aus. i personally love the uk and oz for different reasons but here are a few things ive noticed. what do other people think and where does the equilibrium stand. Weather: i prefer the british summer to a south aussie one. its nice to have fresher showery days amidst the absolute heat that can hit sa. above 32 degrees v difficult to do anything outside. winter obv aus a lot milder but still gets chilly at night. so oz wins there. but i think uk weather is better - reason the climate is not such a threat to life: in uk no cyclones, no major floods, no major draught caused by extreme heat. yes it gets cold but no coldness can take away from the fact that mother nature is relatively kind in uk. Medical: nhs we are so lucky / dentistry costs in oz are massive. no doubt quality of med in oz is good and flying drs are amazing - read a book about them is incredible what they do. medical care is expensive is oz and private health cover is much recommended. costs of prescriptions much higher in oz cf uk. good quality of meds in both places and always admire dr and nurses wherever they are. Culture: much more varied in uk but australia has great variety compared the south of the country to the extreme north. there is a great deal of culture in the whole of asio-pacific on doorstep as there is in europe for uk - justs costs more in oz. cost of shopping: so so high in australia. the uks quality in supermarkets beat oz hands down hands down hands down. uk wins this more than any other category. Sport: both countries love sport. AFL ok but its not the premier league. Cricket is fun - more rough and rugid than uk but sport forms integral part of life and identity here. both countries have good facilities - country towns a bit less so but adds to charm. pretty even here oz prob edges it. Cost of living: so many factors - found that oz needs a permit and license for most things. seem to get a good tax back each year in oz which is nice. costs for energy going up in oz as in uk - would need to do comparative detailed costs beyond scope of this article. History: uk wins hands down - australians seem to look down when u mention the role the brits and poms played in forming this country. oz is only young and very pure and has achieved so much in a short space of time. they contributed so much to the commonwealth war efforts so they have a proud past but not the heritage buildings and things in uk. given a a few hundred years this might change!!! Just a few gentle comparisons please comment if your leaving or staying lol
  9. Guest

    Motorbikes - comparison to UK

    Not sure if i should buy a nice new bike to import to WA next year as i have heard there very expensive. Should I also buy new riding kit like helmet and leathers as I need some anyway. What do most people who are into bikes ride - all harleys as the weather is hot, roads straight and cops hot on speeding or is it all sports bikes? Offroad - are there groups who go out on a weekend? Is offroad kit expensive too?
  10. I did a bit of statistical calculations on the CAT 2 and CAT 3 applications: from the link provided.. FYI :Statistics - Migration Agent Activity Reports and Statistics The CAT 2 applications from (Oct 2009- Oct 2010) - 13356 cases submitted The CAT 3 applications from (Oct 2009- Oct 2010) - 19119 cases submitted. CAT 2 : CO allocations started in Nov2010 and are onto current dates by Feb 2011 CAT2 Average : 890 cases per week allocated to CO. ( Nov - 17th Feb 2011) CAT 3: Now, I am projecting the below to happen for CAT 3 allocations:-(if I consider an average of 4k application in between June 2009-Oct2009) - Total of 23119 cases starting this week. CAT 3 Average: if I take 890-900 allocations based on CAT 2 allocations. CAT 3 will take :23119/900 = ~25 weeks. so between March 2011 - Sept 2011. All applications upto Jan 2011 should be allocated CO's. PS: Not counting CAT 2 fallouts, CAT 3 fallouts into CAT 4 etc.( ppl with VE176 SS not in new SMP/SOL or VE175 applicants not in SOL). No work at office so atleast worked out the below logic,for some discussion. Experts your thoughts.:notworthy:
  11. mr luvpants

    Health insurance comparison sites?

    I really need to sort some health insurance and wondered if any knows a comparison site in Australia? John
  12. Guest

    Comparison Websites?

    Hi, Just wondering if anyone new of any good websites in Australia similar to moneysavingexpert.com for the uk? Thanks H :-)
  13. Hi all With the Australian Federal election having been called today, I thought it might be interesting to compare the parties' recent comments about immigration policy. To access the full document, please click on the highlighted links below. Best regards Susan _________________________________________ THE GILLARD GOVERNMENT Extract from presentation by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, at the Population Australia 2050 Summit, 28 June 2010. · We are moving from the ‘Australia needs skills’ to ‘Skills Australia needs’ approach · A program that is shaped by employers' needs rather than by the desire of prospective migrants to come to Australia. · We are also reviewing our migrant selection process. · We are reviewing the Points Test scheme to ensure that it is not heavily distorted towards a handful of occupations—a problem that has been addressed through our recent changes to Skilled Occupations List. · But there is still further work to be done. We need to ensure that our points test enables us to select highly innovative and well trained migrants to ensure we have a solid human capital base for Australia's longer term prosperity. · My department is contemplating a new migrant selection model. · Under this model, prospective immigrants will be invited to lodge an expression of interest to emigrate to Australia, and will be selected for migration as and when the need arises. · Australia's net migration levels should be driven by permanent migration not temporary. · Thanks to recent reform measures, it is expected that the net overseas migration figure will return to a sustainable long-term average THE ALTERNATIVE GOVERNMENT: Extract from Coalition Policy Directions Paper · The primary purpose of a nation’s migration programme is economic, namely to supplement natural increase to create critical market mass in the domestic economy and service the skills needs of a growing economy. · The migration programme run by the Coalition will once again have the primary focus on providing skilled migration on both a permanent and temporary basis and supporting the viability of rural and regional communities around Australia. · Key features of the Coalition policy will include: reinstatement of a genuine critical skills list designed to reflect genuine occupational skills needs of industry liberalisation of arrangements for temporary business visas (457s)subject to clear standards, to make them more accessible to business, especially small businesses, and business in regional areas, with proven skills shortage needs ensuring at least two thirds of our permanent intake is for skills migration encouraging settlement on either a temporary or permanent basis in regional and rural areas. · Further details of the Coalition skilled and regional migration policies will be contained in the Coalition immigration and citizenship policy.
  14. Hi all With the Australian Federal election having been called today, I thought it might be interesting to compare the parties' recent comments about immigration policy. To access the full document, please click on the highlighted links below. Best regards Susan _________________________________________ THE GILLARD GOVERNMENT Extract from presentation by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, at the Population Australia 2050 Summit, 28 June 2010. · We are moving from the ‘Australia needs skills’ to ‘Skills Australia needs’ approach · A program that is shaped by employers' needs rather than by the desire of prospective migrants to come to Australia. · We are also reviewing our migrant selection process. · We are reviewing the Points Test scheme to ensure that it is not heavily distorted towards a handful of occupations—a problem that has been addressed through our recent changes to Skilled Occupations List. · But there is still further work to be done. We need to ensure that our points test enables us to select highly innovative and well trained migrants to ensure we have a solid human capital base for Australia's longer term prosperity. · My department is contemplating a new migrant selection model. · Under this model, prospective immigrants will be invited to lodge an expression of interest to emigrate to Australia, and will be selected for migration as and when the need arises. · Australia's net migration levels should be driven by permanent migration not temporary. · Thanks to recent reform measures, it is expected that the net overseas migration figure will return to a sustainable long-term average THE ALTERNATIVE GOVERNMENT: Extract from Coalition Policy Directions Paper · The primary purpose of a nation’s migration programme is economic, namely to supplement natural increase to create critical market mass in the domestic economy and service the skills needs of a growing economy. · The migration programme run by the Coalition will once again have the primary focus on providing skilled migration on both a permanent and temporary basis and supporting the viability of rural and regional communities around Australia. · Key features of the Coalition policy will include: reinstatement of a genuine critical skills list designed to reflect genuine occupational skills needs of industry liberalisation of arrangements for temporary business visas (457s)subject to clear standards, to make them more accessible to business, especially small businesses, and business in regional areas, with proven skills shortage needs ensuring at least two thirds of our permanent intake is for skills migration encouraging settlement on either a temporary or permanent basis in regional and rural areas. · Further details of the Coalition skilled and regional migration policies will be contained in the Coalition immigration and citizenship policy.
  15. I have been lurking around the forums for a great deal of time and finally decided to join so I could take part in the many discussions posted on the boards. I am pretty confused about what I should be looking at as far as wages go. Here in the US I am the "phone man". I work for AT&T and my job includes installation and repair of phone service as well as high speed internet installation and repair. I work in both residence and business environments. I work out doors climbing telephone poles and working underground etc. Here in the US I am run of the mill middle class. I currently receive $29/hr for work. What I am trying to figure out is what I could expect to make if I was able to find a job like I do now. I know everything is a bit more expensive but I need to figure out what I am looking at. I know this is a very broad statement but I am just looking for a little info to get me moving. Thank you, Brad
  16. Guest

    cost of living comparison

    You may have already been on this website www.Aussiemove.com It gives you comparisons betweeen the UK and OZ on cars, bills, food etc. x
  17. zoeburrell

    Flight price comparison websites??

    A bit of an extention to the thread 'who to fly with'.... does anyone know of any good flight websites? Obviously there's good old ebookers, expedia and travelsupermarket, I just wondered if anyone knew somewhere we can get cheaper flight prices? Every penny counts these days Thanks in advance! Zoe xx
  18. All, I've uploaded a summary of the changes for the new Skilled Independent 175 visa, comparing it with the existing 136 visa. http://www.ptlabs.com.au/articles/?id=4 Peter
  19. Here's one that will really put the size of Australia into perspective ---Its massive! :eek:
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