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.