[LRUG] uk salaries

Ash Berlin ash_lrug at firemirror.com
Mon Mar 19 10:46:38 PDT 2012

My experience is only based on working/hiring people in London, but I'd say that those averages (again picking London not UK as a whole) are on the low side and someone with your experience should be in the upper quartile of the salaries on the jobswatch website.

Sadly you will be on a chunk less as a premie than a contractor. Part of the reason is that as a permie the company has to pay national insurance contribution which is basically 12-14% of your salary. Sadly the price difference is usually more than this :(


On 19 Mar 2012, at 17:31, Jonathan wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm a kiwi, I've been working in the UK for almost two years now and
> it's coming up to the end of my visa so I'll either need to leave soon
> or look at options to stay.
> Up until now I've been contracting and have had a couple of clients
> but my main one would like to offer me a salary and sponsor me to stay
> for a while (they've had a lot of trouble finding people in the past).
> I have been quite happy with the idea of leaving at the end of my two
> years but I'm finding that I rather like London so staying for a while
> longer doesn't seem so bad! So I'm weighing the options and trying to
> make an informed decision.
> What I'd like to know is the kind of salary I can expect from the UK.
> I know that there are a lot of jobs out there (we do like a good
> discussion about jobs), but I don't know if the advertised wages are
> actually representative of lruggers expectations. Does anyone know a
> general ballpark figure for rails developers? I'm used to contracting
> rates so I'm hoping I won't have to take too much of a pay drop
> (although I suspect that will be the case if I go on a salary). In
> your opinion are websites like this an accurate representation?
> http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/web%20developer.do
> http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/ruby%20on%20rails.do
> http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/senior%20ruby%20on%20rails%20developer.do
> Here's a little about me to give you an idea of my skill set: I've got
> about three years rails experience and about 4 years .NET experience
> before that so I have around 7 years web development experience total.
> I work with any of OSX/Linux/Windows but I'm currently using OSX most
> of the time. I've worked for some fairly big name companies back home
> along with some smaller web based companies so my CV looks good on
> paper and although I may be tooting my own horn; I'd say my general
> competence is very good or excellent (I've never had anyone complain
> at least!).
> Any advice is much appreciated.
> Thanks
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