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    no problem

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    Are these really low salaries common for North West England? I was very loosely thinking of relocation to get away from expensive London life but those salaries are like almost a 10k cut!

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    Not exclusive to North West (altough living costs are lower there). Salaries down here are just as bad I'm afraid

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    it's what the council pays. You could get a mortgage off of it anyways... (just)

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    I think council tax should be free for all council employees.
    I don't see how anyone would get out of bed for 13k a year unless there was some incentive.

    I am thinking of applying but I'd need to start at the top end to make it financially viable.

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    well go for the interview and then if they employ you, tell them thats what you need to accept the job...

    I've been told if you currently work for a council and if you are on the same pay scale then you should get paid the same... should.

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    I think I will apply.
    3rd time lucky maybe, had interviews at Darwen Vale and St Christopher's Accrington but have been "out-experienced" by another body who's worked in a school for yonks! Despite being technically more knowledgeable...

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    bummer.

    Well good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickHoughton View Post
    I think I will apply.
    3rd time lucky maybe, had interviews at Darwen Vale and St Christopher's Accrington but have been "out-experienced" by another body who's worked in a school for yonks! Despite being technically more knowledgeable...
    It can be a big adjustment working in schools I am afraid and the schools are very aware of this, hence your previous experiences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom7000 View Post
    Are these really low salaries common for North West England? I was very loosely thinking of relocation to get away from expensive London life but those salaries are like almost a 10k cut!
    Ive been weighing it up and although house prices are considerably lower in the rest of the country, nothing else is. If you go to tescos a loaf of bread is near enough the same price anywhere, same goes for things like TVs, the internet doesnt charge you more if you live in london.

    Even though the house prices are lower once you take the pay cut then you will still be in the same position of not being able to afford a mortgage, except you will have less spare cash in your back pocket for luxury and entertainment.

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    beer in pubs is cheaper though

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    Depends which ones, some of the pubs in Blackburn are extortionate now and being on that wage as a techy in blackburn myself it's hard to make ends meet some months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    beer in pubs is cheaper though
    Don't drink I'm afraid!

    Either way though, it is true, I can't get a mortgage down here on 24.5k, I dunno how on Earth I would manage a mortgage on 13-15k. It is true though, albeit house prices are cheaper it is true, most things (ammenity items) are the same price regardless of where you are in the country.

    BT phone line and Be* broadband still costs me 11 and 18/month.
    Virgin Media will still cost me 11/month.
    O2 contract will still cost me 25/month.
    Nappies are no cheaper up north.
    Prescriptions still 7.10

    The list goes on and on...

    As much as I'd love to have my own home and not waste 750/month + Bills on rent, I'm almost becoming accustomed to accepting that owning your own home maybe isn't the be all and end all of everything!

    Still would like more money though!
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    my mortgage on a 125k house is less than 750!

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    changed the link so it goes straight to the job description.

    ICT Technician

    has anyone applied out of curiosity?

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