IT Jobs in London. A city of friendly people, expensive rentals and slow service: six Russian developers share their experiences in the UK capital. I was always curious about how people settle down in a new place, how they perceive a new culture for themselves and overcome everyday difficulties, whether they regret the decision made over time. Admitting mistakes is difficult, and many find it easier to adapt than decide to return. My name is Dmitry, I work for an international IT company.\u00a0The development team is distributed between offices in Moscow and London.\u00a0Quite often, Moscow employees move to London, if given the opportunity.\u00a0Sometimes we\u00a0hire\u00a0specialists in Russia immediately with the condition of moving. In the nearly eight years I spent at the company, at least two dozen of my colleagues moved.\u00a0And I also had such a chance: after weighing the pros and cons, I decided to stay in Russia, which I have no regrets about.\u00a0Nevertheless, it was always very interesting for me to find out, "what about those who moved." IT Jobs in London: Stories of Expats About Living in London To this end, I conducted a small survey among my fellow developers in the UK.\u00a0I share his results with you.\u00a0I hope they help someone make an informed choice, which you won\u2019t have to regret later. Peter Perepechenko Long moved?\u00a0Alone or with family?\u00a0Where did you work before? Alexey:\u00a0I'm from Stary Oskol.\u00a0He moved to London with his wife two years ago, ten years before living in Moscow.\u00a0Prior to Badoo, he worked at Acronis. Pavel:\u00a0Before moving to the UK, I lived in Kuala Lumpur for two years, worked in a small startup.\u00a0We left there with my wife, because Moscow completely stopped arranging. Ivan: He\u00a0moved five years ago, with his wife and son.\u00a0Prior to that, he worked in the Moscow office of Badoo. Timur:\u00a0He worked in Moscow at Mail.ru Group.\u00a0He moved to London in October 2017 with his wife. Andrei:\u00a0I am from Novosibirsk, but before moving I lived in St. Petersburg.\u00a0Before Badoo, I worked at Aviasales for five years.\u00a0My wife and I moved to London in 2018. Mikhail:\u00a0Before moving, we (wife, two sons and I) lived in a suburb of Moscow.\u00a0I worked mainly from home, remotely, and also led my projects.\u00a0My family and I have been living in London for the third year. What were your first feelings after moving? Alexei: A\u00a0friendly country with a huge number of tourists (it strikes how many there can be). Pavel:\u00a0Moving to London (as well as to Kuala Lumpur) was moving to a city and a country where I had never been.\u00a0In Kuala Lumpur, I planned to live for a while, but I knew for sure that this was not a move forever.\u00a0And here I immediately felt that "it suits me."\u00a0Fun fact: half a century ago, Malaysia was a British colony, so when I arrived in London, I was surprised how much I know about the behavior of people and the functioning of everything around. Ivan:\u00a0Before the move, I was on a business trip several times, so I had an idea about the city.\u00a0I arrived alone, found a home, and then I moved my family.\u00a0In general, everything went fine. Timur:\u00a0The first days were, on the one hand, difficult: it was necessary to adapt to a new rhythm of life, to get comfortable.\u00a0On the other hand, it was very interesting, I wanted to see everything, visit all the museums. Andrew:\u00a0Oh gods, how does your Soho stink in this!\u00a0.. Michael:\u00a0First impressions - \u201cWow, how cool everything is here, unusual and cool!\u201d\u00a0I have never been to London before moving, but I visited other European cities and had a rough idea of \u200b\u200bwhat to expect. What do you like in the new country? Alexey\u00a0: I really like the weather.\u00a0In addition, London is one of the greenest capitals, something constantly blossoms here.\u00a0People are in no hurry, very rarely you can encounter negative emotions on the street.\u00a0With a high level of prosperity, there is little pathos and pomposity.\u00a0More cars: if you like cool cars, London will appeal to you. Pavel\u00a0: The short answer is: \u201cI like everything.\u201d\u00a0I have always believed that Moscow is not a city for life;\u00a0it is a city where you can earn.\u00a0In Moscow, I was uncomfortable.\u00a0In London I feel comfortable living here is cool.\u00a0This is such a boiler in which everyone is mixed and everyone is accepted.\u00a0Well, or at least they pretend that they accept: if the real thoughts of people do not affect me in any way, then I do not mind that this is so.\u00a0Probably, this is not the right time to say this, but I like the local predictability and traditionality - \u201cEnglishness\u201d. Ivan\u00a0: Firstly, the opportunity to live in a metropolis relatively close to the center in an apartment with a private garden: you can call friends for a barbecue, put a swing or slide for children.\u00a0Secondly, it is very easy and interesting to travel around the country: there are many viewing platforms, places for recreation along roads, museums, castles, hotels. You can break somewhere on the weekend (only hotel room prices are not encouraging).\u00a0Thirdly, in London there is a large selection of products: for lovers of cheese, sausages, wine, beer - a paradise.\u00a0All year round you can eat fresh berries and fruits.\u00a0Products are slightly more expensive than in Moscow.\u00a0I only miss the torpedo melon, and my wife misses Borodino bread and squash caviar. Timur\u00a0: I like the rich history of the country, its attitude to nature, and the courtesy of people. Andrew\u00a0: There is a greater level of freedom of travel at a comparable cost. Michael\u00a0: I like the climate - warm and rather humid, without strong heat in summer and cold in winter.\u00a0The streets are clean.\u00a0I like the attitude of people - generally friendly and very unobtrusive.\u00a0I like ordering and following the rules, focus on order and common sense.\u00a0Ecology, product quality is generally better.\u00a0I like that I can catch a train - and be in Paris in two hours, and in Amsterdam in four hours. Peter Perepechenko What do you dislike? Alexei:\u00a0This is amazing, but the service here is so-so.\u00a0To conduct Internet in an apartment in a day or two?\u00a0Forget it!\u00a0It will take a week or two at best.\u00a0At the same time, the speed will be lower, and the price will be much higher than in Russia.\u00a0Delivery from the online store during the day?\u00a0Forget it!\u00a0It\u2019s lucky if Amazon Prime ships your order the next day.\u00a0Some products, such as small furniture, can be expected for a week. Pavel:\u00a0I\u2019m probably not very demanding, but the only thing I don\u2019t like is the inability to do business quickly.\u00a0If you want to rent an apartment, lay it for a couple of months.\u00a0If you want to spend the Internet - lay a couple of weeks.\u00a0If you want to get some service, wait again.\u00a0Surprisingly, I\u2019m not from England. Ivan:\u00a0There are problems with petty crime (I just did not expect this).\u00a0They got into our car, cleaned a house from friends, they can grab a phone on the street.\u00a0The reason is simple: the police were offended by the fact that Teresa May\u00a0had reduced funding\u00a0at the time and acted on the principle of "we said that it would be worse."\u00a0I don\u2019t like how taxes are spent: you start paying more attention to it when you see how much money you give to the state. Timur:\u00a0Sometimes there is a lot of garbage in the city center, especially in the mornings.\u00a0I certainly did not expect this: my idea of \u200b\u200bEuropean cities was probably too idealistic. Andrew:\u00a0Nothing comes to mind, I'm unpretentious. Michael:\u00a0Expensive housing.\u00a0For example, my monthly rent (including payment of gas, electricity, water, Internet, consular fees) costs 2,250 pounds (about 190,000 rubles).\u00a0It's about an apartment in the format of two bedrooms (three-way in our opinion).\u00a0And I live far from the city center (it is about 40 minutes by metro).\u00a0And then there are high taxes - about 40% of income. What did you have to get used to for a long time and what could you never get used to? Alexey:\u00a0This is food.\u00a0She's just different.\u00a0Unfortunately, I could not get used to the local cuisine and I consider it tasteless.\u00a0Worthy establishments can be found, but you need to try if you do not want to leave a fabulous sum for dinner.\u00a0And, probably, you should immediately stop translating prices into rubles (or the currency that you used before) - here many things are much more expensive. Pavel:\u00a0Perhaps, it took the longest time to get used to the language - to British English, which in addition also has a bunch of different accents.\u00a0I still sometimes ask people around to get them right.\u00a0Somehow, soon after moving, I stood at the bus stop, looked at the schedule when my bus arrived, and waited. A guy came up to me and asked if I had something.\u00a0I did not understand what he was asking about, so I asked again.\u00a0He repeated his request, but that did not help me.\u00a0Therefore, just in case, I said that I do not have this.\u00a0From the expression on his face, I realized that it turned out to be somehow very embarrassing, as if I had insulted him and generally did not consider him a person. And now I\u2019m standing, I feel like the last scum and in my head I scroll through that set of sounds again and again, until, finally, I don\u2019t understand what he was asking about the bus schedule in the phone that I watched before\u00a0how he approached me.\u00a0I apologized, said that I did not understand what he had said, and asked if he was interested in the schedule of buses.\u00a0And so it turned out. Ivan:Medicine is specific.\u00a0In my opinion, free medicine is much better than Russian.\u00a0But in Russia, normal employers provide insurance with which you can get good service, but there is practically no such service here: insurance allows you to only slightly improve the quality of medical services, but not by an order of magnitude like ours.\u00a0And here is a specific education system: it is necessary to deal with it.\u00a0Once upon a time, schools were divided into grammar schools, which prepared children for entering universities, and ordinary schools were easier for people. Then they decided that this strengthens the stratification of society, so grammar schools began to remodel into ordinary ones (and not vice versa).\u00a0Therefore, now we must very carefully approach the choice of the area of \u200b\u200bresidence so that the children get into a normal secondary school.\u00a0With elementary school it\u2019s easier, but you also need to look at the rating:\u00a0housing in areas with higher-rated schools is more expensive. But if you move without children or with small children, then it does not matter.\u00a0Well, and probably you won\u2019t surprise anyone with two separate taps for hot and cold water: this is the case in our house, although, apparently, we were just unlucky - this phenomenon is becoming less common in public places and new apartments. Timur:\u00a0The British are more open.\u00a0So far, I have not always managed to be the same: to maintain short conversations about the weather, etc., to smile more. Andrei:\u00a0I\u2019m still sad to give four times as much rent as in Russia.\u00a0And here it\u2019s difficult with heating.\u00a0I think this is the standard for apartment buildings - the lack of central heating: each apartment has its own boiler, you can heat, you can not heat.\u00a0We are used to the fact that in Russia the apartments are hot in the winter, and here you choose the temperature yourself - the question is price.\u00a0This was one of the experiments when moving - to set different heating modes and compare the cost.\u00a0According to my estimates, every degree after +20 is about +10 pounds to the account (but this is the case with our boiler and our house).\u00a0So if you are used to the heat, then it is not so expensive.\u00a0The main thing - do not rent apartments with electric boilers - go broke. Michael:\u00a0It\u2019s hard to get used to the fact that you need to plan your vacation in advance.\u00a0Local schools are very scrupulous about skipping classes: just taking children and going on vacation in the middle of a semester will not work.\u00a0And during the holidays, airfare prices are much higher, since at that time everyone flies.\u00a0Sometimes it\u2019s more profitable to pay a penalty for absenteeism (yes, there is one, its size is about 50 pounds) for the opportunity to save hundreds, or even thousands of pounds, flying away a few days before the holidays. Vadim Istratov Was there something that surprised you? Alexey:\u00a0Weather!\u00a0There are a lot of sunny days in London.\u00a0There is practically no rain, and if there are, it is weak and short.\u00a0For a year and a half, I saw a shower five times. Pavel:\u00a0Something constantly happens that surprises - it's a different culture!\u00a0The lines to restaurants, cafes and many more where, for example, never cease to amaze.\u00a0The device of the local health system was surprising at first.\u00a0It is surprising that culinary gods live across the strait, and people on the island did not learn how to cook.\u00a0I am exclusively talking about British cuisine - everything is fine with the rest. Ivan:\u00a0Pleasantly surprised by the manner of communication of the British.\u00a0They are incredibly cool able to convey their point of view, without turning to the individual and not hitting the opponent.\u00a0It is very pleasant to watch how the British argue, describe the shortcomings of people or report children: very restrained, constructively, on business.\u00a0It was also surprising that, on the one hand, everything was in order, and on the other, Londoners dumped garbage bags directly onto the sidewalk on the day of garbage collection.\u00a0If you go to work, you go around. Timur: I was\u00a0surprised that London, despite its size, gives the impression of a suburb.\u00a0Most areas outside the historic center consist of two to three story houses.\u00a0Also surprised by the number of parks and greenery in general - there really are a lot of them. Andrew:\u00a0It turned out that in this civilized Europe of yours, not all people clean up after their animals!\u00a0I was surprised that the metro (one of the most important infrastructural systems in the city!) May simply stop working due to a strike: the metro staff didn\u2019t like something - one or several lines take up a couple of days.\u00a0In Moscow, this is simply impossible.\u00a0And with the high cost of the metro in London, it is completely unreliable: as clearly as in Moscow, it does not work. Michael:\u00a0Pleasantly surprised by the diversity of nature in Britain.\u00a0There are a lot of interesting scenic spots within a few hours by train or car from London. Vadim Istratov How do you spend your free time?\u00a0Is there enough communication? Alexei:\u00a0Just last week, we had our first gathering of Badoo squash fans (there are seven of us so far).\u00a0Before moving to London, I had not heard about this game, but it turned out to be quite interesting and very active.\u00a0We also periodically meet on the barbecue and other home gatherings. Pavel:\u00a0My leisure is very diverse.\u00a0In winter and in bad weather my wife and I visit museums.\u00a0In good weather, we either walk or go somewhere: depending on the time that we have, it can be a trip by bicycle or by train.\u00a0We have compiled a list of places we want to see, and are slowly moving along it.\u00a0Sometimes we go to Whitstable (Whitstable, an hour by train from London) to eat fresh oysters, go to visit friends. Ivan:\u00a0I spend my free time mainly with family and friends.\u00a0We travel around the country, fly to Russia once or twice a year, and once a year we bring our parents to visit.\u00a0Sometimes my wife and I hire a nanny and spend time together.\u00a0I also read, take courses, solder.\u00a0I have enough communication, but I would like to find friends among the locals: they are friendly, but they are in no hurry to make friends with visitors. Timur:\u00a0In my free time I either go in for sports (running, swimming pool, gym) or programming.\u00a0In general, I have enough communication - there is always the opportunity to meet with colleagues after hours.\u00a0And the locals are open to communication. Andrew:\u00a0I spend my leisure time in theaters, pubs, programming, traveling or watching vidos on YouTube.\u00a0I am not the most sociable person in the world, so communication is quite enough for me. Mikhail:\u00a0I can hardly be called a very sociable person, I spend most of my free time with my family, and that suits me.\u00a0My wife is much more difficult in this regard - she lacks friends and relatives who have remained in Russia. How did your parents and friends relate to your move? Alexey:\u00a0I took part in the\u00a0hiring event\u00a0Badoo: I had an interview and received an offer on the same day.\u00a0Almost nobody knew that I was going to this event, so for many it was a shock when I called in the evening and said that I was moving to London.\u00a0I come to Russia on average once every four to five months, there have never been problems with tourist visas for friends and relatives, so everything is fine in this regard. Pavel:\u00a0Friends reacted positively.\u00a0Parents at first thought it was not serious and not for long. Ivan:\u00a0Parents reacted normally.\u00a0Friends ... I moved to Moscow to work at Badoo, so it turned out that my whole circle of contacts consisted of colleagues, many of whom moved with me. Timur:\u00a0Parents fully approved my decision to move, my friends too.\u00a0Many of them have already managed to come and visit local sights. Andrew:\u00a0This is not my first move, so the attitude was calm.\u00a0From Novosibirsk, I first moved to Thailand for a year and a half, and then to Peter another four. Michael:\u00a0Parents and friends miss, we too. Peter Perepechenko Has your quality of life changed?\u00a0Tell us about financial and other aspects. Alexei:\u00a0The quality of life has improved markedly.\u00a0This mainly concerns housing and food.\u00a0But you need to understand that renting a home will take up a significant portion of the salary. Pavel:\u00a0In London, my wife and I are calmer, more comfortable.\u00a0This feeling affected the financial aspect.\u00a0In Moscow, we had to constantly compensate for the discomfort with expenses: we almost never ate at home, eating in restaurants and cafes, constantly went somewhere to drink coffee with friends. Now we don\u2019t even want all this, we don\u2019t break down at the cinema at one o\u2019clock in the morning to watch no matter what.\u00a0On the one hand, in London it is much more expensive, like the entire service sector, on the other hand, we now feel comfortable and have a constant need to escape somewhere, there\u2019s simply no distraction. Ivan:\u00a0At the first time after the move, I did not know what awaited me, so I approached all expenses with caution, checked how much was spent, how much was left.\u00a0But even during this period it was impossible to say that I was denying something to myself.\u00a0About a year later, there was a feeling that there was enough for everything, enough money - and we looked at the apartment more expensively with a garden, bought a car, began to travel, we had a second child.\u00a0I\u2019m definitely more comfortable here than it was in Russia. Timur:\u00a0The rhythm of life has changed: London is much calmer than Moscow.\u00a0Housing conditions have improved significantly.\u00a0In general, the financial situation also improved slightly. READ ALSO: How can a marketer move to Berlin: #1 Immigration Germany Andrei:\u00a0Financially, the quality of life dipped slightly, mainly due to sharply increased costs for rental housing.\u00a0But if you do not look for a dream apartment, then you can get comfortable. Michael:\u00a0The quality of life after moving is likely to have deteriorated.\u00a0You can live pretty well on the IT specialist\u2019s salary in Moscow.\u00a0We still have our own apartment there, there was no need to rent a house, so with the advent of this expense item the difference became noticeable.\u00a0In addition, in general, we became less free in movement: we cannot go on vacation when it is convenient for us, because we have to adapt to the school schedule. At the office of Badoo You are satisfied?\u00a0If you could once again decide to move, what would you do?\u00a0And what does your spouse think about this? Alexey:\u00a0Am I satisfied?\u00a0Of course, yes!\u00a0I moved to London, never having been here before, immediately with all things.\u00a0This is the only point that has been controversial.\u00a0But I had no expectations: I knew that it would be different (no better and no worse - just different), so there were no special problems.\u00a0But potentially, of course, it is better to go see the city in advance and understand how you feel. Pavel: I\u00a0\u2019m quite satisfied.\u00a0If I had the opportunity, I would have done it before.\u00a0My wife in general is in solidarity, the more she also found work in London. Ivan:\u00a0I approached the move consciously, so I do not regret it.\u00a0My wife did not like it at first, but now she is very happy. Timur:\u00a0Totally satisfied.\u00a0If there was an opportunity to repeat, he would do the same.\u00a0As for the wife, everything here is not easy.\u00a0I divorced, but already managed to get married again.\u00a0So all is well. Andrei:\u00a0I am satisfied, but I would be glad to do otherwise - to move a few years earlier.\u00a0The wife is also happy.\u00a0She really helps communication with the wives of my colleagues, they have a kind of club here. Michael: I\u00a0am pleased that I decided on this step.\u00a0Now I know everything from my own experience and can objectively compare life in Moscow and London.\u00a0I initially understood what I was losing and what I was gaining.\u00a0I am glad that my child now speaks English better than me and without an accent.\u00a0As for the wife, she has not yet been able to fully adapt here. Are you planning to return? Alexey:\u00a0Hardly, but not sure that I will stay in London forever.\u00a0After a year of living here, I realized that I see no reason to live in one country all my life.\u00a0Even such close countries as Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, which have common borders, are so different that it is simply amazing.\u00a0It would seem that 200 km - but a completely different mentality, architecture, weather, food. Pavel:\u00a0No, I do not plan. APPLY FOR THIS JOB: Specialist, Business Process. Partial Remote\/Canada\u00a0 Ivan:\u00a0Before moving, I understood that this could be temporary, I was ready to stop the experiment at any time and just put it in the \u201cInteresting Experience\u201d column.\u00a0My wife did not like much, I wanted to go home.\u00a0But at some point, everything passed.\u00a0I love coming to Russia on vacation or at work, but there is no desire to stay.\u00a0As well as looking for an alternative to London. Timur:\u00a0Not yet.\u00a0I like living in London, I have a desire to integrate more into the environment and develop. Andrew:\u00a0No thanks.\u00a0One of the advantages of moving was access to Amazon (and especially to Amazon Fresh - food delivery), now it will be difficult without it. Michael:\u00a0We are considering such an option.\u00a0But we have not decided yet, we are not burning bridges yet.