Should I work in the US or the UK? - which pays best?

Uri Guttman uri at
Tue Dec 13 15:25:58 GMT 2011

On 12/13/2011 07:22 AM, Leo Lapworth wrote:
> YES.

that is a very delicate and interesting question. i have just learned 
what one top deal in the uk is and it is way up there. few in the US 
could match it. google can but you need to work onsite there and much of 
the pay is in stock options. in fact the total pay there is much more 
than the top deal i mentioned above. also benefits vary. you get the 
usual health stuff but vacation time is usually less (could be 3-4 weeks 
in a rich place) but you don't always get little things like laptops, 
free lunches, etc. again, it varies a lot. richer companies can offer 
better packages. startups tend to be leaner.

and that is only the tip of the iceberg. there are visa issues, where to 
live, where to send your optional kids to school, cultural differences, 
moving expenses (one client of mine does help with that), etc.

so don't compare countries for paying best. compare actual jobs and 


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