Whenever I work I think about the time I invest and the return, I mentally deduct the things being in that particular job costs me (for example work nights out or having to wear a certain clothes or shoes you have to buy yourself!). Sometimes it can be a little disheartening thinking about how much effort you have put in to something for such little wages. I have done some pretty tedious jobs in my time, like washing dishes for hours on end or scanning shopping in a supermarket until my arms ached and my eyes were sore from looking at the till screen so long…
But this infographic from GoToMeeting helped make me a bit more appreciative of the hourly rate I have earnt in the past especially when you consider the minimum wage in the UK is greater than Germany, the US and Brail, so hooray all hope was not lost.
Although you would need to look at the cost of living to get a true figure of whether you were really better off here. I still rather enviously remember the bigger food portions in the US compared to what we get served in restaurants here!
It would appear UK and Australia are the only countries with flexible working hours, this is handy if your circumstances alter and you need to make a change to fit in with your new situation for example having a baby and wanting to go part time or even as a friend of mine does working from home some of the week. Although now I work from home anyway blogging, I have my own flexibility from being self-employed, if I need to be somewhere I just juggle my workload to fit my schedule. It does mean the nights can be long but I am not out of the house for hours on end at weekends anymore dealing with stroppy customers grumping about a 5p bag charge!
Another reason to be glad of working in the UK is the leave entitlement for expectant mums here it is 52 weeks compared to a measly 12 weeks (unpaid) in Sweden. So next time your feeling a bit down about your latest job try and think about the perks of being employed in the UK instead. Although Sweden is more generous with holiday generally, 36 days to our 28 – mind you legally in the US you are entitled to 0 days holiday! So I think I will quit my complaining and be grateful that in terms of working conditions the UK does okay.