I'm a portuguese software developer and I have the opportunity to work in the UK, more specifically in the south, around Southampton. Here's some info:
I have a wife and kid (18 months old) and my idea is a move with the whole family there. She's unemployed and has a licentiate degree in Child Education but no perspective of work in her area here. She can do any kind of work though and is willing to, even here, so in England even more. She can speak English pretty well and make herself understood, I'm sure daily practice would get her to speak fluently in a couple of months.
My question is, with a single salary (mine) of £40K gross per year (£30K net), is life with my family sustainable there?
My concerns are with the house rents and mostly, the childcare. I hear the prices in England for nurseries / pre-schools is pretty high (even the highest in Europe!). Here in Portugal, our kid attends a nursery for around 60€ (+/- £45) per month and we can leave him at the grandparents, when we have that need, for brief periods of time. In England, we won't have relatives to do that, so nurseries / kindergardens / pre-schools / whatever are a major concern for us now.
In a short list:
- is £40K per year enough for a family of three?
- will my wife have trouble finding a job?