If you are an American, do you apply for Rails work based overseas ?

I am just wondering, I see jobs advertised in the UK, India and other
places. I have to wonder if I should bother with such job postings as
I tend to think I may be at a disadvantage if the pay is less or cost
of living is less for developers allready living over there, but I am
not reaslly sure. Any good recommended job sites ? I have been using
that xml feed.

If I were American and saw an appealing work-from-anywhere job advertised in the U.K., I would apply.

You would presumably be paid in pounds, which convert pretty well to dollars at the moment, and your cost of living in the U.S. is almost certainly lower than the cost of living in the U.K.

Regards,
Andy Stewart

P.S. My grasp of economics could be charitably described as threadbare :slight_smile:

I have found that North American (US & Canada) salaries in IT beat
those anywhere else. Essentially, if you are an American, you won;t get
paid what can in the states unless you go to the Middle East. I have
done that and, provided you work for an Arab Governmental agency there,
you can do very well. They do what they say they will do, and I have
found them to be generous. Working for corporations or individuals
there can be dicey however.

However, IT (programming) nowadays there is pretty much dominated by
the Subcontinentals, who have deluged the place working for lower wages
than in the past. Generally, I would say you are far better off to work
in the states.

I have been told that the UK is essentially a third world country ever
since the end of the second world war. I would imagine the pay might be
lower, but since I would like to get more experience in Rails, if they
would hire me for a few months it might be good even if I earned a
significantly lower salary. I would imagine the pay in India would be
even lower.

I might like to spend some time in India, visit the dalai lama and see
some gurus, but I'm not sure I'd want to live there. For one, the rock
scene is even worse over there (I'm a musician).

Don't believe everything you hear :slight_smile:

Regards,
Andy Stewart

What xml feed?

Well, I read Scott Rittiers book on Iraq before the invasion and
learned that there was no WMD before we went in, so I was ahead the
masses on that one. You would think that with satellites and a big
budget of intel our gov would know something, but then the question is:
is it incompetence or conspiracy ? If you go with the former it seems
the level of incompetence is incredibly high, go with the latter, many
don't like conspiracy theories, though I may have heard they are
gaining popularity.

but if I admit I am not an authority on England.

Well, I read Scott Rittiers book on Iraq before the invasion and
learned that there was no WMD before we went in, so I was ahead the
masses on that one. You would think that with satellites and a big
budget of intel our gov would know something, but then the question is:
is it incompetence or conspiracy ? If you go with the former it seems
the level of incompetence is incredibly high, go with the latter, many
don't like conspiracy theories, though I may have heard they are
gaining popularity.

but if I admit I am not an authority on England.

surf wrote:

Well, I read Scott Rittiers book on Iraq before the invasion and
learned that there was no WMD before we went in, so I was ahead the
masses on that one.

I knew that, and all I do is filter snips of mass-media news. Keeping Iraq WMD-free was Saddam's only way to prevent the Bush family from orchestrating an invasion, for a decade, and he knew it. As soon as they had a window of opportunity, they took it anyway.

You would think that with satellites and a big
budget of intel our gov would know something, but then the question is:
is it incompetence or conspiracy ?

Tip: Valerie Plame's job at the CIA is no (longer a) secret. She was the lead investigator into Iraq's potential for WMD. The boring work, like reading all the shipping manifests into and out of the country, connecting the dots, etc. She said they didn't have any, and the Bush administration "outed" her to send a message to the CIA that they should provide more cherry-pickable product in the future.

If you go with the former it seems
the level of incompetence is incredibly high, go with the latter, many
don't like conspiracy theories, though I may have heard they are
gaining popularity.

Some conspiracy theories are just an ink-blot test. But some are indeed "History, written by the Conquered".