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Posted By: GUEST,And again
24-Jun-15 - 04:24 AM
Thread Name: BS: Deporting poorly paid nurses
Subject: RE: BS: Deporting poorly paid nurses
True, although the pay parity is somewhat complicated and better lifestyle isn't always the same as better purchasing power, or real terms pay.

When we were in NZ a few years ago for a friend's wedding, Mrs Musket had recently qualified as a consultant surgeon with a speciality that put her in demand. We could easily have moved to NZ. However, whilst the home we could have bought (we got as far as looking in estate agent windows in Christchurch) meant that for less than what our home was worth, we could have a villa overlooking the sea and enough for a ski chalet inland.... The actual pay was considerably less, even though if we just relied on her income, our lifestyle would have been super.

I applaud the idea that our friend, a midwife, can earn a very respectable wage in NZ, and yes, by comparison The UK doesn't pay enough at the lower end of the scale, and overtime / bank often makes up the difference. I suppose this harks back to the days of a very female and second household income profession. Changing society has not led to changing value of professions!

By the way, whilst we decided to stay in The UK, we visit from time to time and it remains one of my favourite holiday destinations.