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Nurses in the U.K.
« on: February 24, 2017, 11:10:33 PM »
Hi, I'm still in the preliminary phases of thinking about a move to the uk. I'm a nicu nurse and I am wondering from the other nurses already there if a nurses income is enough to support me and my family? If my husband were not able to find work right away would my income be enough? Or would we definitely need 2 incomes to support us?


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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2017, 12:13:22 AM »
What area do you hope to live in?  London, southeast, midlands, north (yorkshire, Manchester, Newcastle), Scotland, Northnern Ireland?

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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2017, 12:13:56 AM »
We are thinking Scotland.


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Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2017, 12:14:47 AM »
My husband and I are still discussing everything as we decide where we want to go with this. And of course we will have to make sure we have all our funds in order before we pursue this.


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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2017, 09:27:55 AM »
The minimum required for sponsorship is £16,278.  According to payscale.com, the average salary is £28k, which is a UK average meaning it'll include London (salaries are usually less in Scotland).

As to if that's enough to support a family, it really depends on your lifestyle and expectations.

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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2017, 03:14:40 PM »
I only expect to pay rent, utilities, feed my kids and not be in a hole. Here in the USA we do well and have more so my husband may expect more. But I'm just looking at possibilities if he doesn't find work. If he does then that's a plus.


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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2017, 04:15:41 PM »
Have a look at Rightmove.co.uk to get a feel for rental prices and what your money can get for you.

Have a look at salarycalculator.co.uk to get a feel of what your take home pay would be.

Expenses will be:
Rent
Council tax
Transport (public transport can be good in the U.K. But it is not cheap)
Gas
Electric
Water
Landline phone (needed for internet)
Broadband
TV
TV license
Insurance (house/private medical/car/travel)
Food/household goods

Other considerations:
Eating out (much more expensive here, we eat out once a month or so)
After school activities for your kids
Annual holidays
Trips back home (essential to budget for, not cheap)
Days out

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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2017, 04:34:23 PM »
That right move website needs a post code and idk what to put. So if average is 28,000 and Scotland is less I would maybe make 24,000 or maybe less than that. It doesn't seem like much. We can do without tv if I can use a DVD player. But we would need some type of internet. Right now we do without those expenses. Where I live we can't get internet so we only have our data plans on our phones. And we watch my massive collection of DVDs instead of paying for tv service.


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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2017, 04:42:37 PM »
According to Totaljobs.com, the average registered nurse salary in Scotland is £29,000: https://www.totaljobs.com/salary-checker/average-registered-nurse-salary-scotland-uk

Internet and cellphone plans are cheap in the UK compared with the US. I get high speed broadband, monthly phone landline and satellite TV with an HD TiVo box for £40/month. In the US, the same service with Comcast would cost me over $100/month (about £80).


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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2017, 04:50:32 PM »
Wow that is cheap for all that.

What's the average tax rate over there? I'm trying to figure out of the 29,000 how much I'd actually take home.

My husband wants specific data before he will discuss this further.


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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2017, 04:50:58 PM »
And thank you for taking time to respond to me.


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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2017, 04:54:54 PM »
You can use ListentoTaxman.com to try example calculations.

With a salary of £29,000, for example, you would take home about £22,800... though that's only taking out income tax and national insurance contributions and no pension or anything else.


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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2017, 05:00:02 PM »
You can literally use something to figure it out.

http://www.netsalarycalculator.co.uk/29000-after-tax/

There you go!
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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2017, 05:03:36 PM »
Thank you. I keep googling but I'm must be doing it wrong bc I don't find all these sites y'all post. Thank you.


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Re: Nurses in the U.K.
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2017, 05:36:30 PM »
To the best of my calculations my income probably wouldn't be quite enough so I'll have to wait 4-5 years and look into it again. My husband would be able to transfer within his company in 4-5 years and that would be our best bet for him finding work. He works for Exxon Mobil and they have a plant north of Edinburgh.


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