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Considering moving to Basel with kids help???

Hi everyone, really in need of some reassurance or guidance.

I'm considering an offer with a big co in Basel but have no idea how it compares to UK in terms of standard of living. I will be doing a professional job sounds well paid and everyone says low taxation but seems rather expensive for me. I have an 11 year old and 3 year old would love to hear how fellow Brits and others have managed the trasition. ALso hubby works in IT is there much work around?

I'm really worried if it doesn't work out i.e. job schools accomodation etc. so much to think off

Thanks so much P.s. only joined this today so here is hoping ;-)
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Hi everyone, really in need of some reassurance or guidance.

I'm considering an offer with a big co in Basel but have no idea how it compares to UK in terms of standard of living. I will be doing a professional job sounds well paid and everyone says low taxation but seems rather expensive for me. I have an 11 year old and 3 year old would love to hear how fellow Brits and others have managed the trasition. ALso hubby works in IT is there much work around?

I'm really worried if it doesn't work out i.e. job schools accomodation etc. so much to think off

Thanks so much P.s. only joined this today so here is hoping ;-)
Don't try to know "all" the answers in advance. You only make yourself crazy. You first have to decide if you want to "make the move or not." If you do then go thru whatever you have to in order to make the move and do it. It will be a good adventure for your family, you'll learn about a different way of life etc..Failure can happen anywhere. You have to make your life what you want it to be. You'll get a thousand opinions, but in the end the opinion that really counts is yours.
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Hi everyone, really in need of some reassurance or guidance.

I'm considering an offer with a big co in Basel but have no idea how it compares to UK in terms of standard of living. I will be doing a professional job sounds well paid and everyone says low taxation but seems rather expensive for me. I have an 11 year old and 3 year old would love to hear how fellow Brits and others have managed the trasition. ALso hubby works in IT is there much work around?

I'm really worried if it doesn't work out i.e. job schools accomodation etc. so much to think off

Thanks so much P.s. only joined this today so here is hoping ;-)
Hi ,

Welcome first of all. I moved from London in last Oct to join Novartis myself. Coming from the UK has been life changing experience. I am happy to help you as someone who comes from English culture.
It has been challenging for me from socialising point of view as culture here is a bit reserved but Swiss people generally take time to open up and when they open up they become genuine friends. Quality of life is great and yes taxation is much lower .... I can vouch for that as I am a UK Qualified Accountant .

Basel has a great international presence as Novartis recruits people from all over the world. At times when I bump into people 7 out of 10 times people were from Novartis .
Shops , super markets and town is beautiful. People are well mannered and it is a great place for children to grow compared to London. Language is not a big barrier as many people speak English so you will not find it that difficult.

Regarding IT work for your husband try companies like Novartis , Syngenta , Roche . It may be little challenging for kids to find a non English speaking environment but since they are very young they can pick up German quicker than adults . I hope this info helps. Let me know if you need any help.
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Re: Considering moving to Basel with kids help???

Hey there,

Moving to Badel in the next 3 weeks myslf from Ireland so understand all the concerns. my situation is a 9 year old and , currently, a 9 day old, (and a cat)(I really hate cats). We are going to throw everything into this. I have had a lot of peolpe being very supportive here and I am now confident, that once one is open and willing to accept the advice of all here, it will be ok. there seem to be a great 'support group' and that is what I all going to take advantage of and provide support to (pay it forward) to make the transition as easy as possible. I am looking soooo forward to meeting as many as possible from April 29

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Re: Considering moving to Basel with kids help???

There are quite a few threads about salary - I suggest you search for and read those to give yourself an idea about the standard of living.

Age 11 is approaching the maximum age for really getting to grips with the Swiss educational system, if your prospective employer won't be paying schools fees at an international school. ( My son was 10, had no German, successfully completed his Matura, and will be going to University here in Basel in September - at the cost of 700CHF a semester).

For IT - it depends what your husband does! If, for example, he's a SAP BI consultant, for example, then there's plenty of work among the big internationals. He might also want to consider contracting, if income is an issue. That may well of course mean living away from home during the week.
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Re: Considering moving to Basel with kids help???

There are many Gymnasiums (High Schools) in the Basel area offering the bilingual Swiss matura with English as a second language. (Gym am Münsterplatz is even an IB candidate school). If you cannot get into the International School or don't want that, this is a good and cheap alternative. But of course it starts only at 13 or so.
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