London is now the business hub of Europe. Previously, only the elite went there, but now more and more young and promising guys are striving there, the number of which is growing rapidly in direct proportion to the career opportunities that this city offers. A developed economy, world-class attractions, easy access to continental Europe - all this makes London very attractive to foreigners.
It is a huge metropolis with 9 million inhabitants. It is a multinational city, a transport hub with six airports, one of the world's cultural capitals, a financial center and a source of job opportunities for all tastes. However, a tourist sees red telephone booths, gleaming skyscrapers, famous musicals and beautiful architecture in London. Directly a city dweller sees the same thing, with the addition of impressive utility bills, a confusing work culture, and mildew in the homes of the old foundation.
However, this can be combated.
If you are determined to move to the largest metropolis in Western Europe, then be prepared to face a number of difficulties:
- The cost of living is high here, especially for renting or buying a home.
- Some people hardly get used to the peculiar British weather, but the guys from Siberia, most likely, will find the local climate very mild, and Petersburgers will feel at home at all.
- People in London (as well as in all of England) are very prim. Local culture is rooted in centuries-old British traditions, which are not always close and understandable to foreigners. At the same time, if you want to change your usual way of life in a Russian-speaking country and plunge into a new culture, London is a very suitable place for this purpose. In a 2015 survey by HSBC, Britain was named “the best place for foreigners who prefer to communicate with locals rather than their diaspora” (49% of such foreigners, compared with the world average of 31%). Half of all foreign immigrants who come to Britain find partners in the country with whom they connect their lives.
Now, here are some tips to make your move to London comfortable and worry-free.
Finding a job in London can be tricky, whether you're already in the city or looking for work from abroad. Highly skilled workers from outside the EU have three main ways of obtaining a work permit:
- it is issued for professions in which there is a shortage of personnel
- in cases where it was not possible to find a local candidate that meets all the requirements
- for the transfer of personnel from one branch of the company to another.
In any case, you need to think about looking for a job in advance. Before moving, you can join UK LinkedIn Groups to gain a better understanding of the job market and the opportunities available. You can join British professional associations and find out how the certificates you already have meet British standards.
Search for accommodation
It is not so easy to find a suitable place to live in London, also at an adequate price. The reason is that there are a lot of applicants, because London is a mecca for immigrants to Western Europe. If, when examining an apartment, you understand that it is more or less suitable for your parameters, try to immediately agree to rent and pay a deposit (usually it costs 6 weeks).