I've been lurking on for awhile and I thought it was about time I made an account and posted. As we say here in America, 'shit just got real.'
and I don't mean Trump.
I know this serves as the typical post and I don't have exact details yet but it would be nice at least to introduce myself. I will try to keep this tidy but I'm kind of a blabaholic when writing.
I have been job searching in the Shanghai and Hong Kong area for the last year to try and bring my 3 years ld relationship closer, she recently relocated to Shanghai from London. Long story short, that relationship went south and after some time thinking about it I decided to go ahead and keep following up on some opportunities. On Monday, I was informed that one of the companies would like to proceed to hire me and we have began negotiations.
It's a big multinational HK company to say the least, a slight promotion as far as responsibilities with a much better track for advancement then in my current company. China, well, HK, is also an intriguing place for experience in my career as well that will be quite a nugget on my resume should I chose to come back to the States. I mentioned Shanghai, I am a hobbyist Mandarin studier and studied there for a bit. I have gone back to SH about6 times since 2010. I have been to HK about three times. That being said, I know nothing about Cantonese but I'm not appalled to learning.
So on to the meat, I am currently negotiation potentially for around 67K to 90K a month. This would be anywhere between a 15 to 30% pay raise for me (but I also live in very very low cost of living part of America).
I -do- believe (and selfishly hope) that I will be in their main building locating in Central, but this isn't clear. I may be in one of the otheroffice locations around town. I hope to get more of this info next week.
I see this whole thing as a chance to experience something that most people may not be awarded, Iam 42 next year, single and bringing over no kids. I don't have any intention to 'live it up' but I really want to immerse myself into the culture of what HK provides. I am willing to pay a little bit more in rentto be in an area thatencourages that.
I have no idea what to expect as far as budgeting for rent, I hear anything between 20 to 30% and as high as 50%. I don't plan on buying a car, I don't have many external expenses, I like to cook at home just fine. I also don't plan on shipping many large items or furniture.
Assuming I will be working in Central, does anyone have any suggestions of what is reasonable rent for me to afford on that pay range? I honestly haven't rented anything since I was 20, I bought a house and lord, this 3 bedroom house is only $1500 usd a month, about half of what rent is there.
Anyways, its nice to meet everyone, I have many of friends in Shanghai but don't know anyone in HK, so I can't wait to get out into the community.