Comparison of US and UK pay - page 3

I am a RN working in the US. I am just beginning to look into the comparison of pay and cost of living. If I moved to the UK, can I expect to make more or less? Can anyone give me any information... Read More

  1. by   english_nurse
    pay is not the be all and end all????


  2. by   Belinda-wales
    Pay is not the be all and end all- but it helps. The thing is you need to plan here for bad times which we did not realise so you need to take out extra insurance so if you are unwell you can still live. Everywhere has its down sides all can tell you is our experence we have both walked and I meant walked in to highly paid jobs the company we work for have treated us really well so far and we both have great coworkers and bosses. All I know is that we are earning two and half maybe three times more than in the UK. We also feel less tired than we did in UK I think thats because OG office hours were long now he isback on the floor he is having four days off a week helping me with the children. We are happy so far but I never count my chickens- as for pension well we have got our 20 years pension from the UK and we are hoping to save 401K about $1000 a month I have know idea if this will be enough I will need to take profession advice on this.
  3. by   RGN1
    Quote from english_nurse
    pay is not the be all and end all????


    Of course it's not! We are all following our calling in life - it's our vocation
  4. by   Belinda-wales
    One more point YES the UK has fab holidays but they are not much good if you are too tired and skint to enjoy them I ended up working them for extra pay!
  5. by   english_nurse
    Quote from Belinda-wales
    One more point YES the UK has fab holidays but they are not much good if you are too tired and skint to enjoy them I ended up working them for extra pay!
    like i am this week u mean

    hello by the way
  6. by   Belinda-wales
    Hi EN we are sill alive having a good time fingers crossed things stay that way really enjoying the weather before it gets too hot. Boys are good. We are lucky that we can both get good jobs out her with out too much stress there are loads of nursing jobs out here that pay really well. I am able to take some unpaid leave over the summer if I wish i am so lucky.
    Last edit by Belinda-wales on Mar 13, '07
  7. by   english_nurse
    so much for the time off being rubbish and the pay rubbish too then?
    glad things are going well
  8. by   madwife2002
    You get paid every two weeks which is a bonus I think
  9. by   MrsCleverclogs
    Quote from Belinda-wales
    Pay is not the be all and end all- but it helps. The thing is you need to plan here for bad times which we did not realise so you need to take out extra insurance so if you are unwell you can still live. Everywhere has its down sides all can tell you is our experence we have both walked and I meant walked in to highly paid jobs the company we work for have treated us really well so far and we both have great coworkers and bosses. All I know is that we are earning two and half maybe three times more than in the UK. We also feel less tired than we did in UK I think thats because OG office hours were long now he isback on the floor he is having four days off a week helping me with the children. We are happy so far but I never count my chickens- as for pension well we have got our 20 years pension from the UK and we are hoping to save 401K about $1000 a month I have know idea if this will be enough I will need to take profession advice on this.

    Wow Nearly three times more than you were earning in the UK that is some wage increase. When I left the UK I was an F grade and I was on a good wage and dont find the wages phenomanally larger here like you have found. I earn $35 an hour and an extra $1 at the weekend, I earn 6 hours holidays/sicktime every couple of weeks. I dont know what grade you were but you must be on a lot of money I should come work where you are. Plus we can have unpaid leave but not a large amount if we are needed and are expected to be on call to come back in needed if somebody should call in sick.
  10. by   cariad
    we came here in 2004, with the dreaded evil empire, but for the year of 2005. i earned and saved more than i ever could in the uk, but i wasnt sick and i didnt take vacation time.
    in the year 2006 i have worked for 3 hospitals with a nursing agency, and last year in terms of wages were a disaster, i only earned half of the previous year. due to unforseen circumstances, i didnt work for more than 3 or 4 months.
    this year hopefully will be better, but due to my surgery we have had no income since jan 5th and i will not be fit to return to work until april at least, so it will be another poor year for wages.
    its great if you can come here and both husband and wife can earn good money, and if you fall into a hospital where the benefits are good.
    i have experienced both sides of the equation, and at the moment am in the bad side of it.
    at least in the uk, we would have had support in the form of sick pay, and not have bills coming in every day from all sorts of medical providers with no money to pay them. we wouldnt have had them back home which is certainly an added worry especially when you are feeling so rough and dont want to deal with it.
    i am a survivor and will cope, but some people wouldnt have the money behind them or the strength to cope with some of the things that happened to us in the last year.
  11. by   Belinda-wales
    Quote from MrsCleverclogs
    Wow Nearly three times more than you were earning in the UK that is some wage increase. When I left the UK I was an F grade and I was on a good wage and dont find the wages phenomanally larger here like you have found. I earn $35 an hour and an extra $1 at the weekend, I earn 6 hours holidays/sicktime every couple of weeks. I dont know what grade you were but you must be on a lot of money I should come work where you are. Plus we can have unpaid leave but not a large amount if we are needed and are expected to be on call to come back in needed if somebody should call in sick.
    I was an f grade top of band in the UK- but I do not convert what I earn in dollers in to pounds as if you live in the states cost of living is the same- in the UK I was on 28k and have just got a job earning 60k tax is less and I do not take health benifits- we earn 7.5 pto every pay period and max of four weeks unpaid leave- if you like I can help you get a job as I would get a $1000 sign on if you took the job! but it would be a bit of a drive and I know you love L$D! see you friday! ( did I guess right!)
  12. by   rntraveler
    Benefits are better in hospitals than other places to work. You are allassuming that your pension from work is the only pension. We,as US citizens will get social security retirement and this is based on work alaries,so usually upwards of $1200 a month plus your hospital pensions. You can defer any amount you want after a certain age-i think it's 65-you can defer 100% to your 401k. You can save up your vacation pay,where I work it's up to 600 hours. You don't have to be sick to take it,you can use it for sickness or vacation. Currently I have 200 hours and only work part time,so i will continue to draw salary for 6 months after i retire. I take short vacations and do not usually use any of my paid leave for these trips. Of course,I am healthy and have needed only a day or two here and there for many years. Travel nursing is not a good way to go if you get sick. They have to pay your rent and will expect to get reimbursed for this if you are not working. My travel nursing experiences were very good. I did travel for 6 years.
  13. by   ZippyGBR
    Quote from rntraveler
    Benefits are better in hospitals than other places to work. You are allassuming that your pension from work is the only pension. We,as US citizens will get social security retirement and this is based on work alaries,so usually upwards of $1200 a month plus your hospital pensions.
    the pension discussion excludes UK standard state pension - which people with sufficient NI contributions will get anyway , SERPS/S2P doesn't apply to people in the NHS pension scheme as it is a contracted out scheme ( and therefore reduces the tax /NI liability while in employment)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_pension_provision
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_E...Pension_Scheme
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Second_Pension
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHS_Pension_Scheme

    You can defer any amount you want after a certain age-i think it's 65-you can defer 100% to your 401k. You can save up your vacation pay,where I work it's up to 600 hours. You don't have to be sick to take it,you can use it for sickness or vacation. Currently I have 200 hours and only work part time,so i will continue to draw salary for 6 months after i retire. I take short vacations and do not usually use any of my paid leave for these trips. Of course,I am healthy and have needed only a day or two here and there for many years.
    famous last words ...

    look out for that bus ...

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