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    I'm applying for a job with a public organisation based in central London and my question is...is 26k a decent enough salary to support yourself on in London? The net once you factor in student loan repayments is about £1,550 a month.

    I know £1,550 a month isn't too shabby but in London terms would I be broke as a joke? I've done sums with rent and railcards etc. and it seems manageable but I'd be giving up an ok job to make the move and I'm not sure it's worth it. Career-wise it's a step up but I have to balance that out with the salary side of things.

    I am mid-career by the way (took a few years out to do a degree/MA...and up to my eyeballs in debt as a result)

    Also, is it easy to progress in public sector organisations in the UK?
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    Where in London

    1,500/month is more than doable. How do you think retail workers manage?

    Progression depends on the job
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    Living and working in the City, around Pimlico.

    I'm aware other people manage, however I have my own set of circumstances and a mountain of debt to service and can't afford to move to another country if I'm barely going to break even every month. Hence my question.

    Thanks for your help.
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    obviously it depends on where you live and what lifestyle you want

    I would be more concerned about joining a public sector job that may get cut within a year or 2 - especially if its a totally new position (sounds harsh but worth thinking about)
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    (Original post by Clubber Lang)
    I would be more concerned about joining a public sector job that may get cut within a year or 2 - especially if its a totally new position (sounds harsh but worth thinking about)
    Unlikely, Cameroon may freeze hiring but he won't make people redundant. Thatcher didn't do it and Camerons no Thatcher.
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    (Original post by Quady)
    Unlikely, Cameroon may freeze hiring but he won't make people redundant. Thatcher didn't do it and Camerons no Thatcher.
    Its not necessarily Cameron or any PM doing it. My local council is making 120 people redundant NOW. And I know other councils are also

    depends on what kind of PS job it is I spose

    I also work i nthe PS, and we have been told to brace for 'efficiencies' over the next 2 years regardless of what happens in central government
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    (Original post by Clubber Lang)
    Its not necessarily Cameron or any PM doing it. My local council is making 120 people redundant NOW. And I know other councils are also

    depends on what kind of PS job it is I spose

    I also work i nthe PS, and we have been told to brace for 'efficiencies' over the next 2 years regardless of what happens in central government
    Interesting I think I may work for your Local Council

    is it in London ? NW
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    (Original post by Tarts_n_Vicars)
    I know £1,550 a month isn't too shabby but in London terms would I be broke as a joke? I've done sums with rent and railcards etc. and it seems manageable but I'd be giving up an ok job to make the move and I'm not sure it's worth it. Career-wise it's a step up but I have to balance that out with the salary side of things.
    The major factor is where you live, are you willing to flat share if you want to live centralish, or are you willing to live on the outskirts of london. If so rent will be around £600/month, and £900/month for everything else should be comfortable.
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    If you are working in Pimlico, your money will go a lot further if you utilise public transport and live futher out, and if you don't mind a house/flatshare then that will help a lot too.

    Pimlico is expensive, I know the area fairly well.
 
 
 
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