UK

 

Living in the UK

How much does is it cost:
Rent:
Rent in London varies accordingly sot there is to scenarios

 

 

Living in the UK
How much does is it cost:
Rent:
Rent in London varies accordingly sot there is to scenarios
Single:
In this case you can be searching for a room to rent or a studio apartment
Which will cost monthly around 600 GBP in London and gets higher the more you get near it’s center
But will cost much less the further you are away from the center of London and in other cities around which may cost around 250-300 GBP
Married (with a family):
As a family man you will be searching for a bigger apartment with 2 bedrooms at least or may be a house
This could be ranging around 1200-1600 or may be even reach 2000 GBP in London and near its center
But as far as you get from London’s center or even other cities could be around 600-900 GBP
You can check this website to get a handle on the price range on the area you intend to live in http://www.zoopla.co.uk
Groceries:
It differs for each individual but the average for a young adult living alone is between 100 -150 weekly, and if you are saving a little bit you can make it with 80 GBP weekly
With family it’s going to depend on the number of the family members, but family’s coast in the average of 150-200 GBP per week
Utilities:
The monthly average is:
• Electricity 50 GBP
• Water 50 GBP
• Gas 80 GBP (for heating system which increases in the winter)
• Council tax 100 -150 GBP
• Internet 20 GBP
• Mobile 10 GBP
To sum up around 360 GBP total
Notice that some apartments’ rent covers (Electricity – gas – water – internet)
Then the utilities will cost around 160 GBP
Transportation:
The bus fare for a short trip within the city cost 2.50 GBP
So you will be costing at least 5 GBP daily for transportation to and from work, which is 155 monthly or 170 adding extra trips
You can but a car with installment plan paying around 140 GBP but you will add insurance and road tax of 60 GBP
To sum up transportation could cost around 200 GBP monthly
Total average:
If you are single around 1200 GBP
If near London’s center could be up to 1600
With your family around 1500 GBP
If near London’s center up to 2000 GBP
And there are some YouTube channels about expats in the UK, and they share their experience about the cost of life there
Lifestyle:
People think that you only need to learn English and you are good to go and live in the UK, and forget that the people there has different life style than the one we used to
For a starter most of the population there are not socially interactive, it’s not easy to start a conversation with a stranger or be friends on spot
That doesn’t mean that they are rude, the English people are very polite even if they are arguing when someone you always hear the words (Please , Excuse me) and starting conversations with sir or madam and always ending with thank you
They are just usually busy and have they day planned ahead, and very keen about their personal space and privacy
That’s another thing to take into consideration, so when you start up a conversation or just became a friend with someone don’t start by asking the personal questions about their birthplace or childhood or relationship, try to keep it in the about the hobbies or trying to know more about the UK and that stuff, and if you get invited into someone’s house don’t expect to get the house tour we are used to here this is very private for them but it’s preferable to get a present when you visit as we do here
As we mentioned that the People in the UK like to have everything planned and organized, So time commitment is very important and not just a work, so if you are going to be late for any reason call before the meeting (either at work or meeting a friend) as matter of showing respect to their time
When you get far from the city sometimes you don’t find the same time commitment and the people are more friendly
Everyone must adhere to the rules and regulations of the low and work environment, and it’s not something to take lightly, whether driving in the street, during work, or anywhere else
People in the UK are very proud of their country and their origin in the UK, So take care when you call someone “English” as this is means he/she are from England specifically and the people from Scotland are called Scots, from Wales called Welsh, and Northern Ireland are called Irish
Also you will notice the different accents between them, and in different districts in the UK
This website is helpful for expats generally
http://www.expatarrivals.com/the-united-kingdom/culture-shock-in-the-united-kingdom
Living as a doctor in the UK:
As anyplace in the world the medical profession is highly respected in the UK
Every procedure or action in the medical field is following the guidelines of the UK, so you should always adhere to the guidelines
The working hours and the salary differs along your career as a doctor
As Junior the working hours are varying between 40 -46 weekly with the salary around 24000 GBP annually for the 1st foundation year and 29000 GBP annually for the 2nd foundation year
When starting core training in a specialty “Registrar” the working hours are around 48 weekly with the salary around 39000 GBP annually
After being consultant the working hours varies around 50 -60 weekly with the annual salary around 47000 GBP
On the other hand dentists annual salary ranging between 60000 – 80000 GBD, others in the private section can make up to 140000 GBP annually
You can also check these links for further details
https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salaries/registrar-salary-SRCH_KO0,9.htm
https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salaries/uk-dentist-salary-SRCH_IL.0,2_IN2_KO3,10.htm
https://www.indeed.co.uk/salaries/Registrar-Salaries
https://www.indeed.co.uk/salaries/Dentist-Salaries?from=serpsalaryblock

How to be a doctor in the UK for foreigners:
Or to be accurate it’s called International medical graduates (IMG)
There mainly 2 tracks that you can take, either to take the PLAP test (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) that makes your medical degree equivalent to those graduated from medical colleges in the UK then start the foundation years practice then specialty and so on, or start a membership path for the specialty that you’re interested in after graduation
Which is different for each specialty
Membership of Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS):
You can apply to be a member of the Royal college of Surgeons after graduation, and it doesn’t require clinical experience (but it’s preferable), after joining you can start your career as a Registrar in surgery and apply in the NHS and when you accepted you start as Senior house officer as a Surgeon then to be a registrar and start training for sub specialty then after few years (around 6 years) you get to be a consultant
To get MRCS you have to pass 2 parts of examination
Part A: which is a one-day two-paper MCQ examination, each one is 2 hours and covers generic surgical sciences and applied knowledge, paper 1 is the applied sciences MCQ and paper 2 is the principle of surgery-in-general
A minimum level of performance is set for each exam and must be passed in both papers, this level is decided with the curve system in a competitive manner
For example; if all the candidates got high grades the passing mark could be 75%, and if the you got average grades the mark would be 65%, sometimes if the exam proven to be really difficult the passing mark could be 60%
Part A is available in Egypt three times a year; January, April and September, and its fees are £571
Part B: which is a one-day OSCE EXAM composed of 18 stations with 9 minutes per station, to assess the applied knowledge (anatomy, surgical pathology, applied surgical science and critical care), and applied skills (communication skills, history taking, and clinical and procedural skills).
To pass Part B, you must receive a passing score in both applied knowledge and applied skills.
Part B OSCE is also available in Egypt three times a year; February, May and October, but the fees are a bit higher £965.
And you can check the Official website for MRCS for more details
https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/