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

Travis Basevi travis at
Tue Dec 13 23:17:23 GMT 2011

On 13/12/2011 21:01, Simon Wistow wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 10:25:58AM -0500, Uri Guttman said:
>> 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, I'll bite. This is based on my last 4 years working in SF. YMMV,
> IANAL etc etc.

A really interesting read Simon. As someone who moved from Australia to 
London, there was a lot of parallels in what you said, and since I've 
been here for 12 years, there was a lot of little things I've now 
forgotten compared to you. Although the visa thing was never as much of 
an issue (except for the inherent disadvantage you have in looking for a 
job compared to someone who's a citizen), and I took a UK passport 
more-or-less by default after 5 years here, the timing is something I'm 
now very thankful for as the UK has cracked down on non-EU immigration 
over the past few years, along with forever jacking up the price.

One thing that I'd suggest should be added to Simon's list, is that if 
you're ever lucky enough to have the opportunity to work away from your 
home country, and you're wondering whether to do it, then just do it. 
You can always move back again, so what's there to lose? And generally 
speaking, it gets very much harder to do the older and more settled you 


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