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Dear all,

After living in London for most of my life I moved to Turkey to work as a freelance
designer. I am now married and 7 months pregnant.

We have decided to move back to the UK with my husband although finding it very
difficult to find jobs on the internet !!!

Can anyone advise me on the JOB front in London ? Has things improved since the crisis hit ? ? Why is it so difficult to
find a job in a country I was born in ??

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Dear all,

After living in London for most of my life I moved to Turkey to work as a freelance
designer. I am now married and 7 months pregnant.

We have decided to move back to the UK with my husband although finding it very
difficult to find jobs on the internet !!!

Can anyone advise me on the JOB front in London ? Has things improved since the crisis hit ? ?

:confused:
Difficult to be specific as I don't know your specialist area or qualifications/experience, but generally speaking getting a job is very tough. I wouldn't say it has improved since the onset of the current crisis two years ago - it just seems to go on and on. Most firms aren't recruiting, many are downsizing or putting moratorium on new recruits. Many posts aren't replaced or left vacant for a long time. Most people in secure jobs are just sitting tight, and many who have contemplated a career change or early retirement have put their plans on hold, until the outlook becomes clearer. Every vacancy for a decent job attracts 100s, if not 1000s of applicants. Without sounding sexist, being pregnant doesn't make you an attractive proposition for most employers, as they will soon lose your services for a longish period (distance working excepted but you will still need reduced commitment for the sake of your baby). If you want to work freelance, you will have to network among existing contacts and those back in UK, but I'd imagine competition would still be tough.
But remember your health and wellbeing and that of your unborn child comes first. If you can manage on one income or reduced income for a time (e.g. through savings, help from relatives etc), you will have a most amazing and fulfilling job giving birth to a new life and nurturing him/her during the precious early months and years - I speak as a happily-married father and grandfather.
 

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Dear all,

After living in London for most of my life I moved to Turkey to work as a freelance
designer. I am now married and 7 months pregnant.

We have decided to move back to the UK with my husband although finding it very
difficult to find jobs on the internet !!!

Can anyone advise me on the JOB front in London ? Has things improved since the crisis hit ? ? Why is it so difficult to
find a job in a country I was born in ??

:confused:
It is so difficult because there are no jobs.

The UK is still in recession, and even if the country comes out of it soon, unemployment will continue to raise for several months after.

Also people forget that in many industries there is pressure from outsourcing to cheaper locations and the pressure from migrants, both legal and otherwise (although the word seems to have got out that the UK is not what it was prior to the recession: Polish people are leaving in troves).

Unless you have special talents that will save a potential client or employer money, you will find it difficult to get a job (not impossible, but the situation is the worst I have ever seen here).
 
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