Cost of living in Laramie, Wyoming versus Edinburgh, Scotland?

Cost of living in Laramie, Wyoming versus Edinburgh, Scotland?

Considering relocation from Laramie, Wyoming to Edinburgh, Scotland and wondering about the salaries.

Serena

I've been in Edinburgh for the past 5 years and moved from Northern Colorado, so I can definitely give you advice on this.Edinburgh is far more expensive to live in than Laramie, especially due to the exchange rate, and finding work as a foreigner is quite difficult, especially with a foreign university degree. You'll find that the job and salary you had in Wyoming likely won't be what you can expect in the UK. It, of course, depends on your industry. I had 3 years of experience in my field, an undergrad honours degree, master's degree, and an excellent job in the States, but really had a hard time finding anyone that would even interview me here. They tend to prefer UK degrees, but I did eventually find something in my field after 6 months of searching. The issue with coming here on a highly skilled migrant visa (likely your only option for moving here if you're not married/engaged to a UK citizen) is that you must apply and pay for the visa, then move here to find work. You can't find work before getting the visa. The visa is very expensive (around ?795 or $1300 when I got mine, possibly more now) and you risk being rejected and losing the visa fee. You must prove that you can financially support yourself if you're unable to find work right away, so you'll need to have quite a bit saved up. Once you have that visa, it's only valid a few years before you need to pay the Border Agency more money. I've paid around ?3500 to live here, but am finally a citizen.As for salaries, I find that they're lower than in the US on average, at least in my field. I was making around $70,000 in the US and came here to earn ?40,000. With the exchange rate, that's about the same, but the cost of items is the same (for example, a movie ticket here is ?7-10 and it's $7-10 in the states). My husband, however, found that his salary (oil well engineer) here is quite a bit more than it would be in the US, so again, it does depend on the field you're in. Look at career sites to determine what you should expect. Working hours and holiday time are MUCH better here - I was working 50-55 hour weeks in the US with 2 weeks of vacation, and now I work 35-40 hours and get 6 weeks of holiday.Rent varies greatly depending on your area and how nice it is, and you can find a place (1-2 bed) in Edinburgh for anywhere from ?400-?1200 per month. You will pay a great deal more in taxes here - council tax is around ?150-?200/month, TV license is ?150/year, auto insurance can be ?1000/year (you have to get UK license after 1 year here, and most companies won't count the time you've had a US license, so rates are high), car tax is around ?200/year, and you'll pay 20%-40% on your income. You also pay around 10% of your salary to the National Health Service, but you do get "free" healthcare. Private insurance is offered by many companies, as they don't want their employees to be out of work and on the NHS waiting lists for months if they did need an operation. I've found the NHS is a great service if nothing is wrong with you. Some nurses/GPs are more helpful than others. If you do have issues, researching on the internet to determine what you could have before going to a GP tends to be the best thing to do. They see hundreds of patients a day and don't have time for thorough appointments, unfortunately. Also, private dentists are the best way to go, as my NHS dentist barely cleans my teeth, although it's only ?5 for a cleaning and X-rays. You'll obviously pay more for private dentists, but no more than you'd expect to pay in the US without dental insurance.Overall, I'm far happier here and would never return to the US, but I've met other expats that aren't quite as happy to be here. I find that the quality of life, for me at least, is higher here. It's a beautiful city and I'm sure you'll love it. The weather is also nicer than Wyoming.Edit: The site that Charlie has provided is incorrect. It says "Individuals must be sponsored by an employer in the country they want to work in to even be considered for this visa", which is not true. A highly skilled migrant visa does not require work sponsorship, but is still a very difficult visa to obtain.Source(s):American that has dealt with UK visa process- lived in Edinburgh 5 years.

TJ516

Actually, Charlie is not wrong. I have lived in London and Edinburgh. Both times my company had to sponsor me and prove to the EU that there was no one in the EU, not just the UK that could do the job or wanted it. The problem at this time is that there are EU citizens who need jobs. The EU officials will require that all possibilites are exhauted before allowing a company to go outside. If you have a skill like mine, that is particular to the comapany i work for, you may not have too much trouble.As to your question about the cost of living. Using today's rate of exchange, I've done a few calculations for you. these are only averages.Based off US salary of $55,000 Month Week DayGross Income ?33,000.00 year ?2,750.00 ?634.62 ?126.92Pension Deductions ?0.00 ?0.00 ?0.00 ?…?Taxable Income ?25,525.00 ?2,127.08 ?4…?Tax ?5,105.00 ?425.42 ?98.17 ?19.63National Insurance ?3,093.00 ?257.75 ?…?Take Home ?24,802.00 2,066.83 ?476.96 …?Rent allowed 1/3 of monthly salary ?620 about $1015Utilites may be less because of more competitionCheck out this link for other items www.moneysupermarket.com

Charlie

Are you aware that American citizens cannot work in Scotland or any other European country? See site below.Source(s):http://www.ehow.com/about_4687758_europe…

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