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Salary Equivalents

I'm in the process of being offered a new job in Basel, would be moving from the UK (Manchester) and wanted to get a feel for salary equivalents. I've read lots of threads on this forum discussing the topic but many are from 10 plus years ago when exchange rates were very different.

Rather than quoting salaries on offer which seems to de-rail these types of threads pretty quickly, could anyone fill in the missing Chf equivalents for the gbp salaries below for a Manchester to Basel move? I'm not after google exchange rates but more of a lifestyle equivalence measure.

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£50K =
£75K =
£100K =
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Old 29.07.2020, 10:29
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I'm in the process of being offered a new job in Basel, would be moving from the UK (Manchester) and wanted to get a feel for salary equivalents. I've read lots of threads on this forum discussing the topic but many are from 10 plus years ago when exchange rates were very different.

Rather than quoting salaries on offer which seems to de-rail these types of threads pretty quickly, could anyone fill in the missing Chf equivalents for the gbp salaries below for a Manchester to Basel move? I'm not after google exchange rates but more of a lifestyle equivalence measure.

£25K = 60K
£50K = 90K
£75K = 120K+
£100K = 120K++
£125K = 120K+++
This is off the top of my head and may not be connected to reality. 120K is a magic number.
I think if you read the more recent threads you might get a better understanding of the living costs of this country. This question gets asked so often that most people are past sick of answering it.
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Old 29.07.2020, 10:34
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I'm in the process of being offered a new job in Basel, would be moving from the UK (Manchester) and wanted to get a feel for salary equivalents. I've read lots of threads on this forum discussing the topic but many are from 10 plus years ago when exchange rates were very different.

Rather than quoting salaries on offer which seems to de-rail these types of threads pretty quickly, could anyone fill in the missing Chf equivalents for the gbp salaries below for a Manchester to Basel move? I'm not after google exchange rates but more of a lifestyle equivalence measure.

£25K =
£50K =
£75K =
£100K =
£125K =
Double in CHF, 50k CHF is about what a cashier earns at Migros working 42 hours a week, rather than just 10% below UK average earnings at £25k
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10 year old threads are probably still relevant. Other than health insurance costs there is little change to costs and salaries.
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10 year old threads are probably still relevant. Other than health insurance costs there is little change to costs and salaries.
Recent salary offers are likely to be lower than 10 years ago & about 60% of 20 years ago. In early 2000's it was quite possible to earn more in London than in ZH on the exchange rate at the time. £100k=260K CHF
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Double in CHF, 50k CHF is about what a cashier earns at Migros working 42 hours a week, rather than just 10% below UK average earnings at £25k
So any CHF offer should be approximately double my current GBP salary. Thanks this is exactly the information I was after!
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So any CHF offer should be approximately double my current GBP salary. Thanks this is exactly the information I was after!
Look into the tax system a bit, it's a different system here where you should end up with more in your pocket.
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Look into the tax system a bit, it's a different system here where you should end up with more in your pocket.
thanks - I've been starting to look into tax implications both UK vs CH and Basel Stadt vs Basel Land
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Old 29.07.2020, 11:10
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So any CHF offer should be approximately double my current GBP salary. Thanks this is exactly the information I was after!
lol no

when most people are talking double they are basing that on london salaries, not up north ones, as the average wage in the uk is what, 35k? which would be a pretty nice salary up north it would be a pretty crap salary of 70k chf using your rule of thumb, and def not worth moving here for, as previously said a checkout worker at a supermarket get 40k chf, even mcdonalds workers get there abouts.
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lol no

when most people are talking double they are basing that on london salaries, not up north ones, as the average wage in the uk is what, 35k? which would be a pretty nice salary up north it would be a pretty crap salary of 70k chf using your rule of thumb, and def not worth moving here for, as previously said a checkout worker at a supermarket get 40k chf, even mcdonalds workers get there abouts.
Thanks - what do you think a more realistic multiplier would be for a northern UK salary to a Basel one might be?
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Thanks - what do you think a more realistic multiplier would be for a northern UK salary to a Basel one might be?
whats the job? I have no idea what northern salaries are like now, there really is no magic multiplier
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Thanks - what do you think a more realistic multiplier would be for a northern UK salary to a Basel one might be?
Definitely 10x.

Do you not think that maybe providing some more detailed info with regards to your current job and salary may help people to give you a decent answer? Or is that too much like common sense.
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lol no

when most people are talking double they are basing that on london salaries, not up north ones, as the average wage in the uk is what, 35k? which would be a pretty nice salary up north it would be a pretty crap salary of 70k chf using your rule of thumb, and def not worth moving here for, as previously said a checkout worker at a supermarket get 40k chf, even mcdonalds workers get there abouts.
70k CHF is still roughly average salary for CH, so the rule of thumb is not so far off.
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70k CHF is still roughly average salary for CH, so the rule of thumb is not so far off.
but wouldn't give you a very nice life moving to basel with your family, not to mention (probably) being massively underpaid if thats what you accepted.
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70k CHF is still roughly average salary for CH, so the rule of thumb is not so far off.
It's not average for a skilled expat brought here to do a specific job.
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Basically it’s swings and roundabouts apart from rent/property prices, which are probably 3x/5x what they are in north of England for equivalent sqm and desirability.
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