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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by claremont(m): 1:09am On Oct 09, 2017
Work hard, play harder. If you have a family, spend your last penny in getting them to the UK to join you. Tier 2 visa means you are a professional, grab all the overtime you can and make your money bro. You are in the UK to make money and create a better life for yourself and your family, you are not here to observe bridges. Network with people who you can use as a career springboard (regardless of their Nationality), the mistake a lot of Nigerians make is to network with only Nigerians.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by UKmigrant: 3:25am On Oct 09, 2017
Pidgin2:


WHAT IS CHILDISH ABOUT PAYING 40% OF ONE'S INCOME TO THE GOVT and living in harsh winter? These are issues I was pointing out to the OP.

Also it's a pity if he's getting depressed over what he calls "verbal abuse" at his place of work, then what will he do when he faces racism at his place of work or else where? That's all, no offense
You are wrong about the tax thing being 40%, very wrong:
The first £11,500 of one's annual salary is non-taxable, meaning you only pay tax if your annual income is over £11,500
Then whatever you earn above £11,500 up to £45,000 is taxed at 20%,
Anything you earn over £45,000 up to £150,000 is taxed at 40%,
and part of one's income earned above £150,000 is taxed at 45%.

NOTE: The UK's national average wage for 2016/2017 is £27,000 per annum, meaning most people don't pay taxes exceeding 20% of their income.

In addition one could get tax reliefs/refunds for various reasons if you qualify, know your way around it and apply.
STOP misleading people that one pays tax of 40% flat, only income earned above £45,000 per year is taxable at 40%.
I know one would still have to pay council tax but you'll see with your eyes what it is being used for e.g fire service, recycling, refuse collection/removal, council leisure centres, maintenance of parks and open spaces, street cleaning, subsidising of public transport, museums, environmental health and food safety (for example, in pubs, restaurants, and shops), support for voluntary groups, facilities for young people, social care, adapting homes for disabled people, play centres for children, cctv installation, flood defences, and many others.

So stop complaining or move back to your beloved Nigeria, if not already back here.

I don't even know why you complain about taxes when you benefit hugely from the NHS, your children can get free education up to secondary school level, the kind people pay hugely for in Nigeria in BIS Lagos, Chrisland, Atlantic hall, Loyola Jesuit, Abuja etc. Nigerians and their entitlement mentality. Try moving to the US and buy a full coverage health insurance like the UK offers, then come back here to whine.

Below is a community primary school in the neighbourhood I stayed when I visited Manchester. Its free and not even close to any of the best government schools in Manchester in terms of standard.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by UKmigrant: 4:16am On Oct 09, 2017
Waste bins seen at a friend's house in Liverpool on my last visit.This is present in every house and part of what council taxes are used for:

Green for grass cuttings, hedge clippings, dead plants and weeds, cut flower and shrub prunings (woody waste), Bark, leaves and small twigs.

Purple for household and food waste, and items which cannot be recycled or put in your green bin or compost.

Blue for glass, cans, paper, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, catalogues, phone directories and wrapping paper, envelopes, cardboard food boxes, toilet or kitchen roll inner cardboard, plastic drinks bottles, plastic shampoo and cleaning bottles.

The colour codes may vary from one council to another.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by UKmigrant: 4:34am On Oct 09, 2017
Still some parts of Liverpool taken on my last trip. Its a beautiful city!

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by UKmigrant: 4:43am On Oct 09, 2017
I took a train from Manchester piccadilly train station to Leeds, it was a pleasant experience.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by UKmigrant: 4:45am On Oct 09, 2017
These are the last pictures from my previous trip I'll be posting. Every picture I'll post from now on would be freshly taken.This was taken in Leeds.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by dustydee: 8:08am On Oct 09, 2017
Pidgin2:
Good luck bro, soon na weather and tax go be your major concern, everywhere has it's own peculiar issues., takia
The UK tax system is not as bad as you make it look. Someone on £11,500 a year pays less tax than a Nigerian on equivalent pay in Nigeria. It is high for higher earners but some don't mind or simply go contracting where they pay less taxes.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 10:03am On Oct 09, 2017
dustydee:

The UK tax system is not as bad as you make it look. Someone on £11,500 a year pays less tax than a Nigerian on equivalent pay in Nigeria. It is high for higher earners but some don't mind or simply go contracting where they pay less taxes.


How many people can survive on £11,500 a year in UK, comfortably? That's poverty, I don't think the OP's aim is to be poor. So if he wants to be a middle class earner, he will be taxed 40%

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by fighal(m): 10:12am On Oct 09, 2017
Pidgin2:



How many people can survive on £11,500 a year in UK, comfortably? That's poverty, I don't think the OP's aim is to be poor. So if hr wants to be a middle class earner, he will be taxed 40%
You done come again oo..
Are u sent to hinder people's plans of leaving this country?? You always find something to say against threads like this.. The dude didn't insult Nigeria in any way nor compare naija to Britain in anyway .. Seems you too love this country oo..
Always know that not everyone would want what you want..
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YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF PROGRESS

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 10:17am On Oct 09, 2017
fighal:
You done come again oo..
Are u sent to hinder people's plans of leaving this country?? You always find something to say against threads like this.. The dude didn't insult Nigeria in any way nor compare naija to Britain in anyway .. Seems you too love this country oo..
Always know that not everyone would want what you want..

YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF PROGRESS

I wished him good luck initially but i was called out for mentioning tax, that's all. I'm still wishing him good luck tho

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by UKmigrant: 11:00am On Oct 09, 2017
Pidgin2:



How many people can survive on £11,500 a year in UK, comfortably? That's poverty, I don't think the OP's aim is to be poor. So if he wants to be a middle class earner, he will be taxed 40%
Different people with different reasons for emigrating. Contrary to what you think, not everyone left Nigeria only because of money. Please go through the following links so you understand that UK's tax rate is not the worst in the world.

https://www.get.com/blog/top-5-countries-highest-personal-income-tax/
http://nordic.businessinsider.com/wef-countries-with-the-highest-tax-rates-2016-9/
http://nomadcapitalist.com/2017/08/07/countries-with-the-highest-tax/

I will ignore your posts from now onwards.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by dustydee: 11:58am On Oct 09, 2017
Pidgin2:



How many people can survive on £11,500 a year in UK, comfortably? That's poverty, I don't think the OP's aim is to be poor. So if he wants to be a middle class earner, he will be taxed 40%
Middle class earner will typically be taxed at 20%. A single person on £28,000 a year will earn £1860 a month (tax and NI = £473). He/she can comfortably save more than £600 a month. What is the effective tax rate in Nigeria? Please let's not derail this thread.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by lionlee216(m): 7:00pm On Oct 09, 2017
@OP i love this statement of yours "I only take advise from people who have done something I am trying to do, not people who were too afraid to, but want to discourage you"

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Ranchhoddas: 9:51pm On Oct 09, 2017
Pidgin2:
Good luck bro, soon na weather and tax go be your major concern, everywhere has it's own peculiar issues., takia
Tell him what's really on your mind.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by TWoods(m): 12:37am On Oct 10, 2017
Pidgin2:


I wished him good luck initially but i was called out for mentioning tax, that's all. I'm still wishing him good luck tho

I’d rather pay 40% tax in the US than zero tax in Nigeria. In over a decade, I have seen power go out twice... once for maintenance and once when we had a bad hurricane. In both cases, I was inundated with warning emails days prior and power was back within 10 hours. Water flows like clockwork, schools are free up to college level, the 911 system works efficiently and we have the best healthcare in the world... even your president comes to the UK or Germany for healthcare. Shame on you.

Your effective tax rate is lower, but other than paying exhorbitant salaries so Dino melaye can pose with exotic cars on Facebook, what exactly is your tax used for to benefit you? By the time you calculate how much it costs just to live as middle class in Nigeria, you’re paying far more than a 40% tax on a lower salary.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 9:07am On Oct 10, 2017
This is a very interesting thread tho! @op congratulations on your success. I'm too in the process(end of this month) of moving to Riyadh(Saudi Arabia) for a job offer I just got,and its quite a heart racing and roller coaster experience for me I tell you...You're lucky u have family members u intend sending stuff too,my case I just have a sister and aged mother....I'll will be following your thread.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by dustydee: 9:10am On Oct 10, 2017
@justwise derailers are here
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by UKmigrant: 3:33pm On Oct 10, 2017
Hi @justwise and other moderators, I know many people like to post unrelated comments and try to derail the thread, but I think its OK for now. I can respond to sensible ones and ignore the rest. Kindly allow everyone to comment freely, maybe I can also learn a thing or two from others who have threaded this path or even learn other things unrelated to my thread.

Thanks.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by UKmigrant: 3:48pm On Oct 10, 2017
I showed up at my place of work today to "scope" some "ogas" to give me recommendation letter, just in case I might need them later. Most were very helpful but one still siezed the opportunity to advise me to change my mind. I thought to myself - after I don accept another job offer, spend plenty money, apply for visa, book flight LOL! One "big oga" said he can still help me retrieve my resignation letter. Told me how I have so much potential to shine here and how promising he thinks I am. This is someone who has never really noticed me or said anything encouraging to me while I was toiling at this job all these years, sweating it out and being pushed beyond my limit.

I told him how appreciative I am of his advice, and explained that my decision to leave was a combination of many factors I have carefully considered and realised that at this point, this is the best thing for me. He asked me to compose the recommendation letter how I want it which I did and gave him to sign, he gladly did and stamped it. He then wished me "the very best" and said I should stay in touch.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Marcelo290(m): 4:12pm On Oct 10, 2017
Nice one OP
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 4:37pm On Oct 10, 2017
UKmigrant:
I showed up at my place of work today to "scope" some "ogas" to give me recommendation letter, just in case I might need them later. Most were very helpful but one still siezed the opportunity to advise me to change my mind. I thought to myself - after I don accept another job offer, spend plenty money, apply for visa, book flight LOL! One "big oga" said he can still help me retrieve my resignation letter. Told me how I have so much potential to shine here and how promising he thinks I am. This is someone who has never really noticed me or said anything encouraging to me while I was toiling at this job all these years, sweating it out and being pushed beyond my limit.

I told him how appreciative I am of his advice, and explained that my decision to leave was a combination of many factors I have carefully considered and realised that at this point, this is the best thing for me. He asked me to compose the recommendation letter how I want it which I did and gave him to sign, he gladly did and stamped it. He then wished me "the very best" and said I should stay in touch.

@op,i am kinda wondering why you had to expose your relocation plans to almost everyone in your office!!! That's not very wise.This is supposed to be something personal between u and maybe your family undecided

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 4:40pm On Oct 10, 2017
Thank God!!!

First UK adventure. I'm tired of the US own grin


Ohhh. The Canada own was also interesting grin

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by UKmigrant: 5:31pm On Oct 10, 2017
Rolly83:


@op,i am kinda wondering why you had to expose your relocation plans to almost everyone in your office!!! That's not very wise.This is supposed to be something personal between u and maybe your family undecided
They got to know after I resigned and started filling forms given by my new empoyer that needed to be signed by my old employer as part of my documentation. I started the process exactly two years ago and no one knew about it until now when I am almost leaving.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by jt2010: 4:53am On Oct 11, 2017
Rolly83:


@op,i am kinda wondering why you had to expose your relocation plans to almost everyone in your office!!! That's not very wise.This is supposed to be something personal between u and maybe your family undecided

Nigerians! We want almost everything to be secret, even the smallest of all things.

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