Been reading some of the threads and have to say think this site is great and is helping me decide whether to move to HK or not!
My situation is I work as Senior Business Analyst / Project Manager for a top 3 bank in Front / Middle Office IT in UK. I've just completed a interviews elsewhere at another top 3 who are now putting together an offer and seem keen to get me on board. Questions I have are around cost of living etc.
When asked re my salary I have stated my UK figures - the agent said this was in their budget but then I am hearing hints from the employer that HK salaries compared to UK for a similar position would be lower? If so is this correct or if I am specialised as per my experience can I still push for the same UK salary expectation or if not what sort of percentage difference would there be between UK vs. HK equivalent salaries?
I have also heard taxation at the firm which will also mean including the rent as taxable is around 11% does this sound correct?
The firm have a standard relocation package though I have only heard that this means cash to relocate so far - what other relocation package items should I be asking for / checking for?
I have heard that living in Mid-Levels or centrally for a single person is around 1000 - 1400 gbp / (HKD$14,000 / 19600) for a flat per month can anyone advise and is there any extra taxes / costs I should be aware about?
How much does it cost to live outside of renting e.g. would £1000 / HKD$14000 be enough to go out to eat a few times a week, a few beers etc!
Is it worthwhile buying a car in HK e.g. are they cheaper, is parking a problem?
Ok that's all I can think of for now - would really appreciate anyones advice as they are likely to come back with an offer next week so it will be crunch time!