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Old Jun 10th 2014, 5:22 pm
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Almost all of you when asked if its worth it, answer that if its the same money as home you'd stay home.

But, what if you are in ME? what would happen if you get a position back home with the same money (after taxes of course)?

How fast would you go back home?

Or is it not just about the money?

Ive been 5 months in doha now, its ok, but now im getting sweet talked about a job in St. Neots, almost same money, and since I would be an expat in both places I dont even know if its worth it.

Perhaps someone has useful advice,

It'd be appreciated
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Old Jun 11th 2014, 3:16 am
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I'd be on the next plane home
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Old Jun 11th 2014, 3:28 am
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A table on costs would help a lot too, since im not aware

Housing
Transportation
Services
Food

Taxes is 25% right? But also you pay property taxes even if you are renting?
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Don't know.

I got asked to move to the US with my current firm last week but realised they'd have to pay a fortune for me to want to do it.

I also spoke to the Mrs who is progressing well at work and we decided that we actually like life here and enjoy it, the weather is good, the things we can do are awesome, the holidays aren't shit, etc etc.

I'd be hard pushed to go back to the UK anytime soon, unless money was stupid.
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St.Neots is in a lovely part of the world.
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I shall be doing this very thing in about 45 days or so, not that I am counting of course

In my situation it's not about the money also I need to keep my tax non residency until the end of the year, so can't work until 2015 anyhow.
I have a few things in the pipeline but fortunately I am now in a good position so work is not a pressing priority for an extended period. Can't wait to be honest.
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Job title is better - career wise the change looks good

Money is a little worse - money wise... I'd do better in Doha

The other thing is that, from what I see St. Neots is a small rural town... doesn't even have a cinema... if Doha is boring... this doesn't seem to be better

Can someone sell it to me? hahaha
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The problem for me is on any given day my answer would probably be different. This week I would be on a plane, Next week you probably couldn't move me for any amount.

I think life would be perfect here if you didn't have to rely on anyone or anything - A luxury I have in the UK.
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I'd go back if the money was the same after tax. I'd consider almost any western country and a few in the far east too.

Whilst there are nice things here, and some decent people we've become very close to I didn't come here for the culture or weather

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I'd go back if the money was the same after tax. I'd consider almost any western country and a few in the far east too.

Whilst there are nice things here, and some decent people we've become very close to I didn't come here for the culture or weather

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Originally Posted by Venezuelan007 View Post
Almost all of you when asked if its worth it, answer that if its the same money as home you'd stay home.

But, what if you are in ME? what would happen if you get a position back home with the same money (after taxes of course)?

How fast would you go back home?

Or is it not just about the money?

Ive been 5 months in doha now, its ok, but now im getting sweet talked about a job in St. Neots, almost same money, and since I would be an expat in both places I dont even know if its worth it.

Perhaps someone has useful advice,

It'd be appreciated
Not all of us want to return to the UK. I don't and won't. I like my life here and it works for me right now. I work for myself and have a great deal of freedom such that i don't think I could ever return to proper employment. That said, I had such a good time on Long Island, NY, recently that I was half contemplating moving there!
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I have never viewed any of the tax-free countries I've lived in (or visited) as anything like suitable for "living" in: to work and milk the cash cow, yes. If I could earn post-tax what I earn now (or, rather, be able to save at least, say, 80% of what I can save now) and live somewhere developed I'd jump at it.
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no plans to return to the UK but probably will look at somewhere in Europe in a few years
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I have never viewed any of the tax-free countries I've lived in (or visited) as anything like suitable for "living" in: to work and milk the cash cow, yes. If I could earn post-tax what I earn now (or, rather, be able to save at least, say, 80% of what I can save now) and live somewhere developed I'd jump at it.
even Slough?

Where I work, we are all tax free-- even those in the UK
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even Slough?

Where I work, we are all tax free-- even those in the UK
I said developed (as a euphemism). I've worked in Sluff, in the Mars Bar factory when I was at university in Reading. Night shift in the canteen, cleaning the scrambled-egg vat that was so big I could climb into it. Scrambled egg really, really sticks to aluminium. And watching the sun come up is not what its cracked up to be if you're on Sluff station in February.
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