The Lounge is rated PG. If you're about to post something you wouldn't want your
kid sister to read then don't post it. No flame wars, no abusive conduct, no programming
questions and please don't post ads.
Out of curiosity, I did some searching and found that tech salaries in New Zealand are relatively low [EDIT: specifically in Wellington], at least as reported on various sites. Is New Zealand having trouble attracting talent? If so, wouldn't offering more money be helpful?
I have heard that Auckland for instance has extremely high property values and is very expensive; so even more money may not mean much. I'd love to work and live in Silicon Valley, but I would not be able to afford living there if my salary is not much more than what it is now.
Property in Auckland is expensive, $1 million is the number floated by media as the average house price. Auckland is also a sprawling city, where commute times can be an hour or two if there's no accidents or hold ups depending on home/work locations. I live and work in Lower Hutt, just north or Wellington, things are much more affordable and travel times are way less, however we're catching Auckland if you believe the media again.
www.trademe.co.nz is pretty much the nz goto website for jobs, property and pretty much anything.
Relative to what?
Salaries in the Netherlands are low compared to salaries in the USA, but we get (near) free healthcare and social benefits in return.
My salary is relatively low compared to someone who works in a city, but the price of my house and commute is relatively low compared to that in the city.
And in the end it somehow works out
From what I've read, the cost of living in Wellington is about that of Los Angeles and taxes are higher. Yet, the average tech salary (correctly adjusted for exchange rates) seems to be about 70% that of the LA area.
(I keep using seems since from my own experience, what is reported as average or even a range and what companies are actually offering are sometimes quite different. Hence one reason for my original post.)
How you get the money is more important that how much you got. Living in a soul-grinder like LA isn't worth the benefit if you come out of it a hollow shell of a human, albeit one that didn't get cold!
I agree on NYC - a different type of hell hole - but Chicago is better (in my limited experience) than, say Detroit.
But then, I would say that: I live in the Welsh Valleys, where pay is low but the air is breathable!
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
Hey! Some of us are actually part of that entire population and would prefer to continue to live without major Earthquake dances. Put your pants back on, there's women and children present, and we who have to sleep at night.
Last Visit: 31-Dec-99 19:00 Last Update: 23-Jan-18 22:39