In which I don't move to England just yet - Tactical Ninja
Jan. 11th, 2013
09:09 am - In which I don't move to England just yet
There are a few people on my flist currently looking for work, right? Seems an indication of the times. ;-/ I'm not at the moment, but I still keep my eye on what's happening in my field and this morning, this one came through. It's pretty much what I'd call an entry level job in the field, and I suspect I'd have a pretty good chance at it. But you know what I really like about this ad?
They tell you what the bloody salary will be! I ran the number through an exchange rate calculator and discovered that this would be a substantial step down from what I'm currently earning, and therefore not worth upping stakes to move to the UK (I was born there so have a right to work already btw). I suspect I will have to take something of a pay cut to work where my passion is, but that much seems a lot to sacrifice. Although, I've no idea of the cost of living in the UK either - English folks, can you tell me if £28,000 is a reasonable amount of money for living in London?
This is just a thought experiment by the way - I'm not about to become London's finest female sheep shearer just yet - but it's the sort of thing that's useful to know for when I do get to that point.
Anyway, in New Zealand, employers seem loathe to disclose salary up front. It seems to be part of our weird cultural aversion to talking about money*, which is damn frustrating when you're applying for jobs. We are taught that we shouldn't ask about salary at interviews until the job's been offered, which leads to this bizarre bullshit ritual in which the interviewee has to act as if they don't care about money, they are just so passionate about this work that they want to do it from the goodness of their heart. The interviewer knows this isn't the case, but everyone plays along as if it is, and then if the job's offered and the salary is too low, it's all been a huge waste of everyone's time and resources, and the whole thing is something of a farce.
I've got around this in the past by asking on first enquiry about jobs for a job description, application form and indication of salary range. If they ignore the request, I ask again, and if I'm not informed, I wouldn't apply for the job. I have a firm idea in my head of how much money I want to earn, and applying blind for a job is IMO disempowering and potentially dishonest if, after I've convinced someone I'm the best person for the job and I'm dead keen to do it, I then go "Sorry, that's not enough money." Or if the interviewer's talked the job up as fantastic, but then offers a low wage, they come across as having pulled the wool over my eyes and who wants to work for someone who does that?
In my opinion, putting the salary as the top line in an advert stops this bullshit before it gets started. I don't know if that's common practice in the UK (or the US or Germany or Sweden or any of the other countries represented on my flist), but I am curious. Is it just New Zealand that has this stupid secrecy about salary, or is it commonplace in other countries? Enquiring minds want to know!
* NZ was colonised in a large part by people who were attempting to get away from the strict class structures that existed in 19th Century England, and there's this very determined egalitarian streak within our culture - the catchcry at the time being "Jack is as good as his master!" Funny thing, the culture isn't all that egalitarian in practice, and inequality is increasing by the minute, but we have things like this foible about discussing money, as if knowing how much people earn creates a divide that we apparently think shouldn't be there, so it's a touchy topic. See also: Tall Poppy Syndrome. We like to think we're so egalitarian, and damnit we will bring you down just to keep the playing field level!
Meanwhile, I want this. I want it bad. You know how I said I know more about Thedas than anyone should reasonably know? Well, they made a book for people like me, with pictures and everything! OMG OMG OMG! And it's being released just before my birthday! This is not a massive hint for my loved ones oh no, of course it isn't lalala .. *whistle*
And finally, This is very strange: the keynote address for CES 2013 from Qualcomm, featuring a gamer caricature (remember BOOM! HEADSHOT guy from Pure Pwnage? Kind of like that), Big Bird, a Rolls Royce, and
Maroon 5 Dido. I kid you not.