Thursday, March 16, 2006

Go North, Young Man...

You're better off working up North
By Rosie Murray-West
(Filed: 14/03/2006)

The stereotype of wealthy Southerners and penny-pinching Northerners is no longer accurate, according to figures showing that employees in the North-East are better off than those in the South.
The data, from management consultant Hays Group, takes into account regional pay variations and the local cost of living.
It shows that people living in Scotland and Inner London are the best off, with the cost of living 5.5 per cent below national average levels and salaries four per cent above the national average.
Daily Telegraph


Blogger colcam said...

If I go much further North I'll fall off the end of the world.

I don't see any evidence of the 4 per cent above the national average where I am, but the weather picture is about right.

4:45 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

It's in the newspaper, it MUST be right. :)

Think of benefits of all that fresh air - even the fallout from Chernobyl missed you, plonking down in Wales.

7:02 AM  
Blogger colcam said...

Sadly, there are quite a few areas in Scotland with sheep still being regularly tested for radioactivity.

We got hit pretty hard with Chernobyl, and the effects can still be seen by the special dye on the animals.

7:32 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Oh, yes - I've just been looking at the contamination maps for the UK - not a pretty sight.
One of the reasons that Chernobyl was so much worse than Three Mile Island was the lack of shielding - the Soviets deliberately left the lid off the plant so they could scoop out stuff for their warheads! Amazing!
There's a good thriller by Martin Cruz Smith ( of Gorky Park fame) where his hero Arkady Renko is banished to Chernobyl. It's really interesting stuff, though the title is a bit daft - "Wolves Eat Dogs" - but the descriptions of the ghost town are quite eerie.

12:26 PM  

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