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Posted By: park

i have been on holiday a few times and love the idea of moving to cyprus. whats the cost of living like :D



Posted By: brian16

This is a massive subject that has been debated many, many times on here and we all have differing views. The best advice I can suggest is to go and try it if you feel so inclined, but bear in mind that after living there for a few months, you may find it isn't for you so therefore it would be wise to have an "escape route" back to the UK. Jobs are hard to find and wages a lot lower than in the UK so be prepared for that fact. If you are of a pensionable age then the current exchange rate will be a factor you would need to consider. There are so many things you have to consider before making the move so try to do as much homework as you can. Best of luck.

Posted By: Campbell Findlay

Hi Park, My wife and I have lived here for nearly eighteen months now and love it.I have just returned from the UK after a family wedding and couldn't wait to get back.Yes,there are negatives but there are also positives.I will be happy to discuss this further by e mail (when you have the appropriate number of posts) Cheers, Campbell.

Posted By: Steve - SJD

Hi Park, You may find this recent thread helpful: http://easterncyprus.com/viewtopic.php?t=12946 Plenty of info on the forum that may help with your decision and the FAQ is a good place to start. As mentioned above there are plenty of positives about moving to Cyprus and of course some negatives. Do your research and feel free to ask questions and you should be able to get a good idea. HTH Cheers Steve

Posted By: Kwacka

One thing that its NOT like - being on holiday in Cyprus. Holidaying and living are totally different.

Posted By: park

just been to kappris had a fab tme.
  • Campbell Findlay wrote:
    Hi Park,
    My wife and I have lived here for nearly eighteen months now and love it.I have just returned from the UK after a family wedding and couldn't wait to get back.Yes,there are negatives but there are also positives.I will be happy to discuss this further by e mail (when you have the appropriate number of posts)
    Cheers,
    Campbell.


Posted By: park

how much lower are the wages. ive only ever worked in offices. but would put my hand to anythin
  • brian16 wrote:
    This is a massive subject that has been debated many, many times on here and we all have differing views.
    The best advice I can suggest is to go and try it if you feel so inclined, but bear in mind that after living there for a few months, you may find it isn't for you so therefore it would be wise to have an "escape route" back to the UK.
    Jobs are hard to find and wages a lot lower than in the UK so be prepared for that fact.
    If you are of a pensionable age then the current exchange rate will be a factor you would need to consider.
    There are so many things you have to consider before making the move so try to do as much homework as you can.
    Best of luck.


Posted By: bill

  • park wrote:
    how much lower are the wages. ive only ever worked in offices. but would put my hand to anythin

I've no personal experience but one or two people I've spoken to state that they have earned as much in a month in Cyprus as they earned in a week in the UK.
To be honest unless you have a trade and or go self employed the salaries paid in general employment are rubbish compared to the uk and you will struggle .
If you are bringing kids too there's more problems facing you.
I've heard it said so many times that if you retire to Cyprus with a decent pension and own property here life is great but to work and support a family, pay a mortgage etc its a nightmare.
You really do need to do plenty of research before committing to a move ~ problems with employment is a major concern so make sure you have something sorted before even considering a move.
Bill





Posted By: Campbell Findlay

You will be very lucky to get casual work which pays you any more than 500 Cyprus pounds per month - thats 854 euros.By casual I mean cleaning villas/complexes where you will be expected to work a lot of hours and be on call - same for bar work. I personally would not even consider bringing youngsters out here to live. Schools can be unfair to those who are a bit slow to pick up the language and realistacally their career prospects are not very good. For a wrinkly like me its bloody great!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers, Campbell

Posted By: brian16

  • park wrote:
    how much lower are the wages. ive only ever worked in offices. but would put my hand to anythin
    • brian16 wrote:
      This is a massive subject that has been debated many, many times on here and we all have differing views.
      The best advice I can suggest is to go and try it if you feel so inclined, but bear in mind that after living there for a few months, you may find it isn't for you so therefore it would be wise to have an "escape route" back to the UK.
      Jobs are hard to find and wages a lot lower than in the UK so be prepared for that fact.
      If you are of a pensionable age then the current exchange rate will be a factor you would need to consider.
      There are so many things you have to consider before making the move so try to do as much homework as you can.
      Best of luck.

Generally speaking, you can expect to earn somewhere between one quarter and one third of what you earn in the UK but you'll also find that generally (with a few exceptions) living costs are pretty much on a par.
The people who benefit the most are retired people on a decent pension paid from the UK.
It may be a bubble-burster but you need to know this before committing.

Posted By: brian16

  • Campbell Findlay wrote:
    You will be very lucky to get casual work which pays you any more than 500 Cyprus pounds per month - thats 854 euros.By casual I mean cleaning villas/complexes where you will be expected to work a lot of hours and be on call - same for bar work.
    I personally would not even consider bringing youngsters out here to live.
    Schools can be unfair to those who are a bit slow to pick up the language and realistacally their career prospects are not very good.
    For a wrinkly like me its bloody great!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cheers,
    Campbell

Hurrah! Well said Campbell, we seem to be agreeing at last.

Posted By: JimPernera

Hi Park, you seem to be here on holiday at the moment so I would suggest: 1. Get the Cyprus Mail each day and study the adverts. See where the work is that you want. Check cost of rented accomodation. 2. Meet some other people living here and have a chat over a drink or two. 3. Give more information on your circumstances, and a christian name (OK so you may be a Muslim etc but I don't know what they have :lol: ) This allows people to help you better. Regards, Jim.

Posted By: park

hi ya jim . my name is darren and everybdy else on hllo my is darren thnks for all the info on here
  • JimPernera wrote:
    Hi Park, you seem to be here on holiday at the moment so I would suggest:
    1. Get the Cyprus Mail each day and study the adverts. See where the work is that you want. Check cost of rented accomodation.
    2. Meet some other people living here and have a chat over a drink or two.
    3. Give more information on your circumstances, and a christian name (OK so you may be a Muslim etc but I don't know what they have :lol: ) This allows people to help you better.
    Regards, Jim.


Posted By: brian16

  • park wrote:
    hi ya jim . my name is darren and everybdy else on hllo my is darren thnks for all the info on here
    Eh?
    • JimPernera wrote:
      Hi Park, you seem to be here on holiday at the moment so I would suggest:
      1. Get the Cyprus Mail each day and study the adverts. See where the work is that you want. Check cost of rented accomodation.
      2. Meet some other people living here and have a chat over a drink or two.
      3. Give more information on your circumstances, and a christian name (OK so you may be a Muslim etc but I don't know what they have :lol: ) This allows people to help you better.
      Regards, Jim.


Posted By: Elizavet

Some are making a fortune, they must be, a friend who is renting an apartment, has had a contact number for a transfer from the apartments owner. The person has quoted them 60 euros/35CYP Larnaca to Paralimni one way in his pick up truck. We can get a taxi from here in West Yorkshire on the Humberside boundary to Manchester airport in a brand new merc for 95 GBP for the return journey!!!! Given the price of fuel here in the UK thats a bargain compared to the rip of prices some ex pats are charging, and who even knows if they are licenced to operate a picking up service. It amazes me the cheek of some of the charges that the ex-pat community get away with , in some cases not even paying taxes or insurance...and they are the first ones to moan about the cost of living there. After making a few phone calls I am led to believe that Grab a Cab forum sponsors charge less that the price quoted and a luxury vehicle as well. But seeing as the owner has recommended this other person my friend is worried that the cab company will not be able to find the place , so will pay the more expensive price . :cry:



Posted By: brian16

Why not just get an ordinary taxi, they can't rip you off as they're on a meter.

Posted By: DAC

  • Elizavet wrote:
    Some are making a fortune, they must be, a friend who is renting an apartment, has had a contact number for a transfer from the apartments owner.
    The person has quoted them 60 euros/35CYP Larnaca to Paralimni one way in his pick up truck.
    We can get a taxi from here in West Yorkshire on the Humberside boundary to Manchester airport in a brand new merc for 95 GBP for the return journey!!!!
    Given the price of fuel here in the UK thats a bargain compared to the rip of prices some ex pats are charging, and who even knows if they are licenced to operate a picking up service.
    It amazes me the cheek of some of the charges that the ex-pat community get away with , in some cases not even paying taxes or insurance...and they are the first ones to moan about the cost of living there.
    After making a few phone calls I am led to believe that Grab a Cab forum sponsors charge less that the price quoted and a luxury vehicle as well.
    But seeing as the owner has recommended this other person my friend is worried that the cab company will not be able to find the place , so will pay the more expensive price . :cry:

We always advise people to get a Cab from outside the airport. As you say, it's licenced, insured, legal and cheaper than some punter in a pick up truck. You wouldn't do it in Britain, so why do it elsewhere??

Posted By: brian16

If you can get a friend or neighbour to act as taxi driver for you all well and good and you can bung him a couple of quid or whatever, that's not exploitation because there may come a time when you can return the favour. I can't imagine why anyone would wish to hire the services of someone in a pick-up expecting to make a saving on the journey, as someone said, you wouldn't do that in the UK so why do it in Cyprus? From my experience, the taxi fares in Cyprus from and to the Airport are very reasonable and the drivers generally very helpful with shoving the luggage and the mother-in law in the boot.


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