My experience in the UK

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My experience in the UK

Postby chromatisity » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:13 pm

Here is briefly my experience in the UK so far.

I am a fairly successful software developer from Bulgaria.
Made good money back home, could save money, afford to eat in a restaurant with my wife daily and
my rent was 10-15% of my paycheck.

It's a well known fact that there isn't enough developers in the software industry.
That spawned a lot of recruiters searching for devs all around the globe.
I had a job offers from several recruiters to work for software companies in the London area.

From listening to so many British people cry on TV how foreigners abused their
system for benefits, i had mixed feelings about coming to the UK.
I had the wrong impression about UK benefits.
I didn't want to be in a place where i would feel not welcome.
What changed my mind was the logic that basically i would pay
my fair share of taxes and there was no reason for me to feel bad.

I accepted the offer, which was the biggest mistake of my life, we will
get to that point later.
Basically coming here amazed me how complicated it was
for a European to actually live, which should not be the case
for a Eu country.
I got in the old "My bank wants an address and NIN, lettings agency wants bank and NIN application needs address" circular paradox.
Renting from a dodgy private landlord was the only escape from this insanity, meanwhile
i was paying 85 pounds a night "hotel".
Cheapest in town, if i may add.

After staying 2 months in a terrible house share, which i paid 600 pounds (for a bad room)
i got my bank account, NIN and i found an apartment that looked like humans
can live in.
I had to pay 350 pounds (non refundable) and wait 2 weeks for a background check that
gave me no guarantees that i would actually get the place.
Also, i got weird questions like where was i working,
how much money i was making and
where did i live for the past years.
Private questions which were very distasteful in my opinion.
No one except government organs should ask you
for personal information like that.

I felt like i was being treated like a criminal and
that really rubbed me the wrong way since
i have been a law abiding citizen my whole life.

I paid a ton of money and i felt like they (the lettings agency)
are doing me a favor by sheltering me.
Why was a private lettings agency trying to imitate
the role of the immigration office is still a mystery to me.

Then i had to pay 2500 pounds for a deposit and first month's rent
for a 45 square meter unfurnished apartment that still had hair in
the bathtub.

10 months later i get sick of the London expanses.
Not only i didn't save more money in the UK than home,
i spent more than 6 thousand pounds of my savings to
actually fund my life here.

I have no idea why British people think their benefits
are worth for someone to abuse them.
Your benefits are laughable,
lower than any EU country.
No law for paid overtime.

So, to cut on my little rant.
I got tired of London so i found a job in the midlands
only to find out that i have to go through the whole
process again.
I pay 5 figure taxes and i haven't used ANY
government service.
Why should a guy who is already renting legally
and all the other things be forced to prove
that i have the right to rent, again??

This country makes no sense at all.
I will try to make up the amount of money,
in the midlands, that i lost in this country.
Then i will be going anywhere else including
back to eastern Europe is a lot more profitable
than this country.

This was my rant, take it as you will.
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Re: My experience in the UK

Postby noajthan » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:15 am

Welcome.

At least no complaint about the weather.

You have experienced free movement, it has given you an opportunity you may not otherwise have had.
You have been able to experience and investigate and then validate or disprove conceptions (and misconceptions or prejudices) previously fed to you by the media.
You have seen how a vibrant market economy operates (even despite Brexit).

Thanks for sharing your dev experience with UK companies; no doubt you were able to compare notes with and even learn from your main competition - some of the T2 devs who have also made it to UK.
Perhaps it has got you thinking and sown the seeds of some start-up ideas.

And one day you may be able to laugh about it all anyway.

You may now repeat it all again in a.n.other memberstate - that is the purpose and beauty and elegance of free movement.
Viva free movement!
Migration is a journey not a destination. When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. E&OE.
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Re: My experience in the UK

Postby chromatisity » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:55 am

noajthan wrote:Welcome.

At least no complaint about the weather.

You have experienced free movement, it has given you an opportunity you may not otherwise have had.
You have been able to experience and investigate and then validate or disprove conceptions (and misconceptions or prejudices) previously fed to you by the media.
You have seen how a vibrant market economy operates (even despite Brexit).

Thanks for sharing your dev experience with UK companies; no doubt you were able to compare notes with and even learn from your main competition - some of the T2 devs who have also made it to UK.
Perhaps it has got you thinking and sown the seeds of some start-up ideas.

And one day you may be able to laugh about it all anyway.

You may now repeat it all again in a.n.other memberstate - that is the purpose and beauty and elegance of free movement.
Viva free movement!


I will be going home, there is no place like home.
300 pounds mortgage for a house (150 square meters, propert inner walls, not wood) in the city.
Home, where the only thing you need to rent or buy anything else is the actual money for it, crazy concept!
Home, where people hire based on skill, not on how much you kiss their mule on the interview.
Home, land free of bureaucracy, (job) references , (landlord) references.

Home, where it's illegal for non government entities to require personal information.
There is no place like home.
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