Thanks guys...INVALUABLE advice that had just made me realise that it really is NOT WORTH the big move. Most of you said 40K is great, excellent, more than enough ra ra... But NOT really enough to get rich and justify my move from Australia. I agree, it seems that the Midlevels is the only place to live; I agree that they should pay me 60K+ and that they are getting me pretty cheaply to run a very sensitive operation. I guess there's always the barganing for more if they desperately want me...but how much more would they offer ? 5K? Not more. Here in Australia, I get less money at the end of the day, but Sydney is not that bad either + I get better travel benefits and seniority with my current employer, Qantas and there is the space factor - I live in a spacious townhouse, 2 balconies, views.. for the equivalent of HK$9800 per month. One of you guys said min HK$14K for decent studio in Midlevels!? I see that there are lost of tax implications and ways of reducing - but would it make a huge difference? I doubt it reading from other people's experiences.