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Old 26.11.2008, 17:08
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It is not easy. In our case, the kids keep in touch. Thanks to technology, these days through face book, chat etc, they are able to be in touch as if they live next door.
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Old 26.11.2008, 17:15
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I have been offered an annual salary of 277.000 CHF and would like your view on this package.
Hi Gimli, if you don't mind can you PM me what is your occupation & suggest me what need to do for getting this salary.
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Hi Gimli, if you don't mind may Can you PM me what is your occupation & suggest me what need to do for getting this salary.
You just need to be very good at what you do not everyone has the concentration, committment and *sskissing ability to maintain it.
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There has been hundreds of posts in this very forum in the past from people who's children have "suffered" in Swiss schools (including my own.
Years ago, I had a secretary from the UK who's daughter was put in a Swiss school and was maked "the dummy". Her teacher recommended her to go to "Real Schule", which is the lowest. They decided to send the kid to an intl school and today she is a PHD in Physics.
That's a touching story. How much were you paying your secretary?
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Old 26.11.2008, 17:46
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I have been offered an annual salary of 277.000 CHF and would like your view on this package.

Will it allow me and my family to live a comfortable life in Switzerland from a financial perspective?
The average salary in Switzerland is around 7'000.- per month (or 84'000.- p.a.). However, there are not many people earning 7'000.- but loads earning around 3'000.- to 4'000.- and then a load earning 10'000.- or more.

The only people I know (and I know a lot of people - mostly Swiss) earning more than 7'000.- a month are expats. When I tell my Swiss friends that the average wage is around 7'000.- their eyes almost pop out!
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All things considered, you will be able to live very very comfortably with all the trappings you've mentioned on that salary.
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Old 26.11.2008, 18:50
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That's a touching story. How much were you paying your secretary?
I was nopt paying her. I worked for a major airlines and she was paid by the airline. Her husband was the bread winner in their family. He held a key position with ABB.
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But what is my definition of the american standard of living? It is owning a single family home, 2 cars in a 2 car garage, having your own yard, eating meat every day, sending your children to public school.
What about the many americans who live in run down inner cities, who rent poor standard apartments in insecure areas, who work 2 jobs to make ends meet, who can't afford to send their kids to college etc. etc?
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Dear all,

Firstly I would like to thank all of you for a very informative forum. I have been using it as a source of information.

I am about to sign a contract with Swiss company and would like your view on
the financial aspect of the contract.

Background information:

I am married and have one child age 6.

The family will need to rent a house in the Zurich area (30 km radius of Zurich).

My son will attend an international school in Zurich

We will need two lease cars (one family size and one smaller)

I have been offered an annual salary of 277.000 CHF and would like your view on this package.

Will it allow me and my family to live a comfortable life in Switzerland from a financial perspective?

Thanks for your answers.
277K? So you belong to the banking mafia scum of Switzerland. Enjoy it until they kick you out on your ass and make your repay your bonus.
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Old 26.11.2008, 19:22
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277K? So you belong to the banking mafia scum of Switzerland. Enjoy it until they kick you out on your ass and make your repay your bonus.
Ok, this is a bit OT, but could anyone tell me where the "groan" button is?
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Ok, this is a bit OT, but could anyone tell me where the "groan" button is?
you see it after you have posted 10 times
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Will it allow me and my family to live a comfortable life in Switzerland from a financial perspective?

Thanks for your answers.
Yes, you could live comfortably (albeit not luxuriously) on half that sum.
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Ok, this is a bit OT, but could anyone tell me where the "groan" button is?
There is a minimum post limit below which you do not see the "Groan" button.
Funnily, did you already ask where is your "Thanks" button, or is it you first wanted to "Groan" at someone!
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Re: Salary level Zurich area

Thank you for the answers to everybody.

It is really great to have a resource like this when you need answers. Hopefully I will one day be in a position to repay the favour.



To Karl:

If you had taken the time to read the thread before commenting you would know that I am not working in the financial sector and to be quite honest if I were my salary would probably be very different.

Word of advice to you "if you do not have anything to add to a discussion, stay quite and look pretty"
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just interested to know, is there somewhere in the 'world' where you couldnt survive or live comfortably on that?
This is my 2nd attempt on responding. The internet or this page collapsed on me. So if I am being redundant, es tut mir leid.

Anywhere in the world one could not survive comfortably on that. It depends on attitude. I have met lots of complainers who cried poor. Those complainers made more money than me, had a bigger house than me, and drove better cars than me.

I complained when I was 25 years old because I could not afford an apartment on the gold coast of Chicago. I was young and wanted to have fun. The gold coast looked like a fun area to be. But I acknowledge that I always knew where my next meal was coming from. I did live the American dream.

My attitude has changed since I moved to Switzerland. I have less sympathy for the complainers in USA.
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This comment not only applies to Karl but a few others.
Good point Gimli001.


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Thank you for the answers to everybody.

It is really great to have a resource like this when you need answers. Hopefully I will one day be in a position to repay the favour.



To Karl:

If you had taken the time to read the thread before commenting you would know that I am not working in the financial sector and to be quite honest if I were my salary would probably be very different.

Word of advice to you "if you do not have anything to add to a discussion, stay quite and look pretty"
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Re: Salary level Zurich area

Hallo,

I think this is a fairly good offer but it all comes down how much you spend on leisure activities and how much money you need to spend on the rent. I would try to get the salary up slightly if your wife is not planning to work.
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Ok so why are all the postings in this from 2008 how did this even appear as a new thread

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Hallo,

I think this is a fairly good offer but it all comes down how much you spend on leisure activities and how much money you need to spend on the rent. I would try to get the salary up slightly if your wife is not planning to work.
Are you serious????
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Er -hum :-) the OP (original post) was 3 years ago!
The OP has probably moved on by now to his next executive position
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