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Aidan_Jewell
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Re: Forensic Embedded Systems Engineer, London, £36,118

Post Posted: Apr 19, 11 14:32

Food and drink is no more expensive in London than it is in some other towns or cities, especially towns with no universities (no student bars!) or that attract tourists by the thousands.

House prices in London, both buying and renting, are fairly ridiculous from my limited experience. Of course it's cheaper if you live further from the centre, but then you have to spend money on public transport...  
 
  

pragmatopian
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Re: Forensic Embedded Systems Engineer, London, £36,118

Post Posted: Apr 19, 11 14:50

I'd certainly echo the point regarding the expense of public transport in London: I was paying nearly 900 GBP for a Zone 1-2 annual Oyster Card 6 years ago, which was bad enough, but I see that it's now over 1100 GBP for the same thing! Ouch!  
 
  

Xennith
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Re: Forensic Embedded Systems Engineer, London, £36,118

Post Posted: Apr 19, 11 15:21

- jhup
This is off topic but SteakandEggs, can you expound a bit more on the compensation in London, UK of forensic investigators?

What is a "£1,883 London allowance"?
Is this monthly, making it £36,118+ (12 x £1,883) for a year?

I am simply curious regarding European salaries for forensic investigators.
I might just move over there, if the numbers are better Mr. Green


In this case the base salary is 36118, plus a 1883 london allowance, making it £37996 a year.

With a 5% pension contribution this comes out to £2,223.32 a month after tax. (http://listentotaxman.com/index.php).

Add in council tax (our version of property tax) at around £140ish a month and your actual spendable income is around the £2,100 mark. Thats 3 411 USD.

Thats a salary for an obscenely qualified genius level hacker in the most expensive city in Europe.

Anyone who qualifies for this post (or even comes close) is qualified for software engineering positions within the private sector (where they've probably been working to build up the requested experience and skills). Comparing this to other forensics positions is a very bad idea, compare this to senior software engineering positions, consultant level reverse engineering and design.

I'm sure that the met will get a lot of interest, I dont think that they're going to get the kind of interest that they wanted.  

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DavidSullivan
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Re: Forensic Embedded Systems Engineer, London, £36,118

Post Posted: Apr 19, 11 18:00

My view is that the salary is actually pretty good for an interesting, pure-forensics role like this with the Met Police at this time.

Computer Forensics (as opposed to ED) salaries in the private sector here in the UK have, in my experience, slowed dramatically and I would say this salary is very competitive in todays market. I imagine the role is based at Newlands Park in SE London which is an area with a lot of affordable housing and not an expensive place to live (for London).

I would be very surprised if this role doesn't achieve a huge response.
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Jonathan
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Re: Forensic Embedded Systems Engineer, London, £36,118

Post Posted: Apr 19, 11 22:53

Interesting thread.

No one goes for employment in the public sector to make money. The salary in this role would allow a single person to live fairly comfortably in a south London suburb but it would not be enough to look after a family.
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Mai877
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Re: Forensic Embedded Systems Engineer, London, £36,118

Post Posted: Apr 19, 11 23:55

With this salary you would be able to live comfortably. My first role in london netted me £24,000 I managed rent/council tax/electric and gas in South-East (Nice area, overlooking the thames), travel zones 1-4, food etc and still had money to play with.

And cost for food... There is really no difference between Asda/tesco etc in london to the rest of the UK, I found Petrol actually cheaper in london than Cardiff.

You adapt to your means.  
 
  

96hz
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Re: Forensic Embedded Systems Engineer, London, £36,118

Post Posted: Apr 20, 11 00:25

In my opinion the salary is no where near as scrooge-like as reading the comments would suggest. Yes its London, but even so you see Forensics jobs offering far far less both in and out of London.