to the op
" At the moment I rent an amazing 850sq.ft. apartment in central Bristol for £970/month including council tax. Midlevels places looked a third of the size at twice the price"
it's more closer to a quarter of the size at approximately 200 sq ft ( mid levels) for twice the price.
you can't compare Bristol to HK, just car parking alone in mid levels is closer to HK$4k (300 quid) per month, hard to find any residential place car parking in uk at that rate?
Unless you plan to live in a remote village within a rural house (take you 1.30hr minimum or more to get to central) at 700 sq ft for HK$7000ish (if close to town or within 15 mins walk to train/mtr, expect to double that at least)
Honestly if you get a job offer with that salary and added comission i would take it. I promised myself i would leave home before i turned 30 (my home was Guernsey and it had gotten very stale for me) and i managed to get relocated here 4 months before my 30th Birthday. I was here on a 6 month secondment in 2008 though so knew i wanted to come back and it took me 4 years.
You could consider a flat share to get more room for your $ if you don't mind sharing the common area with a flat mate, that's what i did for my first 2 years and was paying $15k for a 1,000 sqf apartment in cwb.
Edit - i should add it's very easy to spend money here and get sucked into the expat nightlife, my first two years here i was spending HK Dollars like it was monopoly money. I have only in this past year started to be a bit more sensible and put a significant amount aside each month.
Last edited by Trebor; 25-02-2015 at 11:50 AM.
You will need to decrease your comfort zone when you move to HK, everything is smaller, and in general because it's small you tend to spend more time outside (and spend more money!).
I believe you can still find decent flat here for not too much money, just need to look at a lot of flats to find the one, a lot of agents are rubbish here and will show you the flats they cant get rid of to discourage you!
I think you need to consider the costs of living out here a bit more carefully. Take a look at this for your reference :
With your proposed salary range you should be quite comfortable here but I don't think you will be able to hit your savings target. Some compromises / changes to your expectations are needed I think.
Edit - I think I misread the OP's first post - if he expects to get HKD 600K bonus per year on top of his usual salary, then things look decidedly more rosy!
Last edited by jmbf; 25-02-2015 at 02:18 PM.
There's also a lot of failed London recruiters here in HK from the usual multinational recruiters.
Assuming you're better than some showers out here you'll be just fine
Thanks all. Sorry for the late response, I wasn't at home lastnight.
As long as it's healthy Chinese food. I hear actual Chinese food and UK Chinese food are very different things. I get fat very easily so keeping a mostly healthy diet is always a consideration. I did the going out for dinner and drinking all the time thing when I first moved to Bristol and put on over two stone in six months. Dunno how people manage to live like that without being a mess.
I looked at a couple of places online in Yau Ma Tei which looked amazing! One which was 550sq.ft.odd with a great balcony and view for 23,000HKD. Possibly unaffordable on my basic salary but the possibilities look a lot better than HK Island. No interest in living in an expat ghetto, anyway. I'd want to at least make an effort to learn Cantonese as well. I looked on zeroagentproperty and saw a lot of extremely good deals...which I'm sure must be scams.
I generally try and spend as little time as possible with recruitment consultants as possible. Most of them are bellends as well as useless. Never worked for one of the big multinationals with a four letter name and I never will. High end boutique companies all the way. Incidentally are there any outfits you've dealt with that stand out as being particularly good?
I like the crazy nightlife now and then (easy to fall into) but usually I prefer to go for food and some beers with a couple of good friends and keep it civilised.
Yeah I can imagine it is. As I mentioned above I got sucked into a similar lifestyle in Bristol...great fun while you're doing it but putting on loads of weight, being hungover at work and losing your weekends to sleeping all day tends to make me quite depressed. So best avoided!
One thing though, when it rains during the monsoon you won't be able to do much outside, cause it rains like crazy. But you can always sip a beer in a bar and watch the rain haha