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I am moving to Spain shortly and want to rent in ALICANTE area. My wife and daughter aged 24 is moving as well. I am a Qualified Nurse and wish to continue my career but now seek employment in any Nursing Home or Nursing AGENCY. Would you be kind enough to offer any advice I may need or any contacts you may know. Also can you give me an indication as to the cost of living out here in Spain.
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I am moving to Spain shortly and want to rent in ALICANTE area. My wife and daughter aged 24 is moving as well. I am a Qualified Nurse and wish to continue my career but now seek employment in any Nursing Home or Nursing AGENCY. Would you be kind enough to offer any advice I may need or any contacts you may know. Also can you give me an indication as to the cost of living out here in Spain.
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Im a qualified nurse too. I kinda have a job in an english speaking nursing home, although they could only offer me bank work which means they phone you when other staff are off sick or on holiday. So far in the year Ive been here theyve only phoned me twice, but then I think Im one of over 20 on their books, so I dont count it as employment, but my thinking was that it would get me "in"!!????. The pay in this particular one is 7 hour and the full time hours are 8am-2pm and 4pm - 8pm. Its a lovely place tho, full of fun and it doesnt have that "nursing home" smell you get in the UK.

I dont think that even at full-time youd be able to live on that wage, but if youve got independant means or can fund the difference somehow???? Mind you, Im further west so it maybe more expensive to live here. Rent, council tax, cigarettes, booze and petrol are cheaper than the UK, but most other things are roughly the same

As for nursing within the hospital system or agency work, you HAVE to be totally fluent in both written and spoken Spanish.... Im still working on that one!!!! The hospital system here is different, the nurses nurse and the patients families look after the patients needs IE food, clothing, washing etc...

The best thing to do is e-mail nursing homes within the area youre going to be living and offer your services. There is mass unemployment here tho, worse than the UK, but you may get lucky

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I can certainly help you re rentals, I can certainly help you with info re Alicante but the chances of you finding employment are miniscule I am afraid. Jojo is spot on. When the new hospital opened in Torrevieja there were 12,000 applications for employment!
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I am moving to Spain shortly and want to rent in ALICANTE area. My wife and daughter aged 24 is moving as well. I am a Qualified Nurse and wish to continue my career but now seek employment in any Nursing Home or Nursing AGENCY. Would you be kind enough to offer any advice I may need or any contacts you may know. Also can you give me an indication as to the cost of living out here in Spain.
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I think due to the exchange rate the cost of living is more expensive here, other than fags and booze. We looked at a new car the other day it was 28,000 euros, the same in the UK was 18,000 sterling. Thats a huge differance. I think house rental is cheaper here, there are properties in our village from 220 euros a month. I suppose it all works out about even in the end, but people think spain is cheap, it isn't.

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I think due to the exchange rate the cost of living is more expensive here, other than fags and booze. We looked at a new car the other day it was 28,000 euros, the same in the UK was 18,000 sterling. Thats a huge differance. I think house rental is cheaper here, there are properties in our village from 220 euros a month. I suppose it all works out about even in the end, but people think spain is cheap, it isn't.
Yes I think rent, council tax and petrol are cheaper. Eating out, food shopping is about the same (depending where you go), but cars, electronics, computers, games consuls, white goods etc are much more expensive

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I am moving to Spain shortly and want to rent in ALICANTE area. My wife and daughter aged 24 is moving as well. I am a Qualified Nurse and wish to continue my career but now seek employment in any Nursing Home or Nursing AGENCY. Would you be kind enough to offer any advice I may need or any contacts you may know. Also can you give me an indication as to the cost of living out here in Spain.
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I think you'' find it cheaper than the UK, though there seems to be a general opinion that it's much the same, I don't agree.

The important thing is the Operating costs, weekly/monthly side of life, not the Capital Expenditure, one offs.

Taxes here are much lower (not income tax per say though that depends HUGELY on what dependents one has and those who have three kids, for example, get one heck of a tax allowance and quite a few other benefits with what is termed Familia Numerosa. Personal allowances are much the same for individuals.

Other taxes such as Council Tax and road tax are a fraction of the UK.

A second hand car does cost more here than in the UK. But check out a 7 or 8 year old car in the UK and then do the same here!!! - you'll soon see why. The mechanics of the car are the thing to check here, rarely the bodywork. A 7 or 8 year old car well looked after in Spain really is as new and you get a hell of a lot of Lancia, Fiat, Alpha Romeo etc, models here that have long since given up to the rust in the UK. Same goes for things like exhausts, trackrod ends etc., etc., and thus, the maintenance of a car. Bottom line, little to no salt on the roads here.

Eating out has no comparison with the UK. McDonnalds is pretty much the same, but I did say "eating out" not fast food. You can still get house menus here at prices that dissapeared in the UK many years ago. Of course the A La Carte industry is a piece of string wherever you live. You can pay what you like for whatever service/quality. Check out (www carrefour es) and look at prices for TV, Computers, GPS and just about any electronic item. Then look at Curry's, Comet etc and I think you'll find that even with the exchange rate as it is, the prices are basically the same. You can pay more than €1000 and then some for a large TV. But you can also pay less than €350 for a large TV. I guess if we look at Samsung in the UK and Sony Bravia in Spain, Spain will be more expensive. Same for Computers, Fridges et all.

Bottom line personally. You still have a choice in Spain. You can live cheaply (Opex nowhere near as high as the UK if you stick with local foods etc., and Capex is up to you - 32" Samsung or 50" Sony Bravia, and you can live expensively, as you can anywhere else. After all, if one maintains two homes, travels internationally 3 or 5 times a year and in general lives the life of a wealthy person when in Spain, but was not doing that in the UK, it's difficult to compare like for like.

From a personal perspective (and finally ) I also factor in certain quality items like this fantastic house I live in with unbelievable views and a choice of several dozen beaches within a few minutes drive, most of them Blue Flag beaches.
I used to live in a very nice four bed house in the UK, with double garage and a large garden. But really, the double garage was less than half the one I have today and as for the garden, well lets just say that one man's large garden is another man's postage stamp. To me, these things, the environment in which I and my family live, are also important.

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Eating out has no comparison with the UK. McDonnalds is pretty much the same, but I did say "eating out" not fast food. You can still get house menus here at prices that dissapeared in the UK many years ago. Of course the A La Carte industry is a piece of string wherever you live. You can pay what you like for whatever service/quality.
McDonalds is much more expensive in Spain, sadly my children are experts! It costs under a tenner in the UK for my OH and the kids to have their usual, in Spain for the same it costs nearly 20!! I dont know if its just my area but "menu del dia" is usually around 7 - 8 depending on where, but that doesnt include drinks... well it may include a bottle of wine. In the UK it seems a similar quality works out at the same.

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McDonalds is much more expensive in Spain, sadly my children are experts! It costs under a tenner in the UK for my OH and the kids to have their usual, in Spain for the same it costs nearly 20!! I dont know if its just my area but "menu del dia" is usually around 7 - 8 depending on where, but that doesnt include drinks... well it may include a bottle of wine. In the UK it seems a similar quality works out at the same.

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You're right JoJo!

According to the very popular world economics measurement, the BigMac (I kid you not!) Britain 2.29, Euro area 3.37. I'm glad we stear clear of the place

As for a menu in the UK for 7 - 8 - can't remember when I last used a UK restaurant for less than 15 a head, and certainly not including wine, beer or any other drink. In fact, I seem to remember referencing a bottle of house wine in just about any restaurant at around 12.

In my personal experience, quite a while back now, the local cafe would just about do an English Breakfat for around 10 with coffee and bread.... and as for the coffee well, nuff said about that!

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You're right JoJo!

According to the very popular world economics measurement, the BigMac (I kid you not!) Britain 2.29, Euro area 3.37. I'm glad we stear clear of the place

As for a menu in the UK for 7 - 8 - can't remember when I last used a UK restaurant for less than 15 a head, and certainly not including wine, beer or any other drink. In fact, I seem to remember referencing a bottle of house wine in just about any restaurant at around 12.

In my personal experience, quite a while back now, the local cafe would just about do an English Breakfat for around 10 with coffee and bread.... and as for the coffee well, nuff said about that!
We obviously have different standards of eating out in the UK I like to live on a budget LOL!!! And I dont drink wine, I always have Cola light/diet coke which is the same price in both countries ish roughly 1.50 in UK and 1.50 in Spain.

I went to a cafe in the UK at christmas and it cost 13 pounds for the three of us. In Spain for similar I spend around 13

I dont drink wine, I dont drink coffee, why am I in Spain!!!?? - Im missing something arent I LOL

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