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  1. Well, I avoid tax because it is perfectly legal and sensible way of avoiding giving more of my hard-earned money to a profligate government than necessary. I avoid criminality because I'm a decent citizen. I take it from your post that you don't avoid tax and that you don't avoid criminality? I assume from this and your other posts that you evade tax and that you're probably one of the last of a dying breed - a Labour MP!
  2. I've been in Germany for 15 years, couldn't speak the language at first but working for an international company they were more interested in my technical skills and my English than my German langauge skills. Even now I guess only 5% of my work needs to be in German. At the moment people with IT skills are very highly in demand and for most the lack of German will not be a handicap. For your partner it will be almost impossible without good German, wages for nurses are also quite a bit lower than the UK but there is always the prospect of TEFL etc. It is not easy going to another country and the grass is not always greener but I don't see any disadvantages if you are working in the same industry & also learning a foreign language at the same time. If you are serious then let me know what skills you have as there are openings where I work at the moment.
  3. Correct. You pay the price of the land i.e. €69k and then a reduced (but not specified) rent. You have the option to buy after 10.5 years based on a price of €359k minus the 69k so not really a bargain and exactly the sort of deal people would be very wary of on this site.
  4. But a 300 - 400m2 plot would have cost him 150k - 300k Euros depending on the location in Karlsruhe. He must have done a lot of self build for the 150k; building costs are more expensive in Germany than they are in the UK. 150k would get you a shell which you would have to plumb, wire, fit kitchen/ bathroom(s), decorate etc. A 160+ m2 house in Karlsruhe would cost you €400k upwards & a mansion (200m2+) in a good area will set you back over €1m.
  5. But the EZ governments are just carrying on with more of the same. The EZ is a complete mess with everyone looking for someone else to bail them out.
  6. The catch is that it is shared ownership i.e. 130k. Not cheap!
  7. I remember watching the programme but I can't remember what the costs were - doubt is was anywhere near 6.5M though. One thing I remember is that they only own the footprint of the building and none of the adjacent land. They had to get permission to use the land beside it for the construction.
  8. but here's one that does: Loadsa money just depends what you can do & where you apply
  9. +1 I work in the oil & gas industry - in Germany at the moment but have plenty of friends who work in the UK. The problem, as I see it, has been that the boom & bust nature of the industry has meant the graduates often aren't recruited for years & offshoring has meant that, in management's eyes at least, new recruits were not needed. This means that those who were working during the 70's oil boom are retired or retiring; there is then a gap to those my age (late 40s) & then another gap to those in their 30s. I think people are finally realising that the adage "you pay peanuts, you get monkeys" is pretty accurate and the benefits of experienced & capable engineers are being recognised again. I don't think that people on this site understand that it is possible to earn into 6 figures in SE England in oil & gas as an engineer even in a Permie job and, presumably more as contract (been out of the UK for 15 years now so not up to date). Salaries in the UK in oil & gas are even slightly higher than in Germany - it's only lower living costs, more holidays & better climate that keeps me here
  10. 74% & should be a politician Think I've been on this site for too long.
  11. Anyone remember the betting shop toilet in "Trainspotting"?
  12. The company should normally organise your contributions. You will pay income tax, solidarity tax (for the reunification), health insurance, care insurance, unemployment insurance and pension. Church tax is optional - be careful not to put down a religion unless you want to contribute. As a rough guess you would pay a bit over 40% of your salary in total. Rent & house prices depend a great deal on where you are living. Some parts of Germany can be very expensive, you'd need to check it out in e.g. house search. Food & eating out are pretty reasonable here & you'd still have a good opportunity to save when you're commissioning as long as the conditions are good. I haven't paid any UK NI contributions since I left. It is one thing to consider as you are only entitled to a German pension after you have contributed for 10 years or more. If you leave before then you have the option of requesting the pension contributions to be refunded (you'd probably then have to pay tax on them though). With such a large salary increase I think you should give it a go here - just expect that you will have to go through lots of small hassles with finding accomodation, learning the language and also the German mentality.
  13. Great opportunity for Delboy. When the PIIGS leave the Trotters could be quids in.
  14. Thanks, thought it summed up the situation nicely.
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