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DP has been offered a job in Ukraine

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It's mega bucks, all living and health care expenses paid, three weeks leave every three months. Accommodation and flights provided and paid for. It's about 200 miles from the troubles.

But it's basically taking a job in a country experiencing civil war and political unrest. It's not worth it, is it?

FelixFelix Tue 19-Aug-14 14:07:15

I had this discussion with my DP recently as he wanted to apply for a job in Russia. It's a tough one because the money is fantastic (danger money, essentially) but obviously it comes with a big risk. His Dad works in Nigeria where there is a lot of trouble and hasn't had too many problems over the years. I imagine it would be hard with a family. Totally different if you're a single person without many ties!

Sorry it's not much help as I don't know the answer either confused

FatherReboolaConundrum Tue 19-Aug-14 14:30:28

If it's 200 miles from the fighting but still in one of the predominantly Russian-leaning, eastern areas then I wouldn't take it, personally. The situation is very volatile. Felix I wouldn't have thought there was much danger attached to a job in Russia, unless the job is in the northern Caucasus (Chechnya or the bits around it), or is as something like a Putin impersonator at gay pride rallies.

How much do you as a family need the money?

If we were in dire straits financially then I imagine dh would take the risk, I wouldn't want him out there but if it kept the roof over our heads he'd go.

How long is the contract for?

FuckyNell Tue 19-Aug-14 14:35:31

How much is mega bucks??!

FelixFelix Tue 19-Aug-14 14:48:29

Sorry Conundrum I just admit I'm not very well informed about the whole Russia/Ukraine situation but did think there would be a risk on the other side too (obviously not near as much as there would be working in Ukraine blush). Hope you manage to make the right decision for your family OP.

I wouldn't want to do it however good the package was, OP. This must be hard for you and your DP.

expatinscotland Tue 19-Aug-14 14:53:37

No way. Highly unlikely any life insurer will cover, either.

IndridCold Tue 19-Aug-14 15:00:39

I wouldn't want to commit to a job even in Russia at the moment. The political situation is very volatile with Ukraine, but I think that unrest could spread, as the economic sanctions will kick in this winter with food shortages and big price rises on the cards.

The Foreign Office can advise you.

realitygone Tue 19-Aug-14 15:07:53

Good grief no amount of money would see my dh going there.

The innocent civilians especially foreign ones are the most at danger in these places.

BringMeSunshine2014 Tue 19-Aug-14 15:08:16

Nope - money is lovely, being alive is better.

Megabucks is over £10k a month net.

We'd be able to pay the mortgage off much more quickly but we are not hard up now. It is an investment towards our retirement really (he is 50).

Gruntfuttock Tue 19-Aug-14 15:11:20

A lot of planes have been shot down over there, not just the Malaysian flight. I think it's too risky given the situation over there. Money's no good to you if you're dead.

Yy to what Indrid said, get in touch with the Foreign Office for some balanced advice.

Is £10k per month net significantly more than what he earns now?

We have already checked the FCO website and the advice is not to go to Crimea, but not that you should avoid the whole country.

Yes it's a massive pay rise...who do you know with a net salary over £120,000 per year?!

ElizabethLemon Tue 19-Aug-14 15:15:59

I wouldn't. My dp is a journalist/translator specialising in the Russia/Ukraine conflict and from what he's said there's no way I or my family would be travelling there.

What's happening over there is not being represented by our press thoroughly enough.

BrainSurgeon Tue 19-Aug-14 15:23:59

I have done the expat thing, big bucks in the Middle East, and also I am from Eastern Europe (neighbour country to Ukraine), so have a bit of a feel for this. My advice: don't go.
Happy to chat if you'd like more details, just pm me smile

FergusSingsTheBlues Tue 19-Aug-14 15:26:10

If you like him at all, keep him here.

There's a reason for the good package!

A few people actually.

FatherReboolaConundrum Tue 19-Aug-14 15:26:58

OP, it's a civil war in which one of the world's largest armies (Russia's) has a strong investment and where extremist nationalists on both sides are stoking the conflict for their own purposes. No way in hell would I want my DP or anyone else I remotely cared about taking a job anywhere in the eastern half of Ukraine, however much the money was.

Felix, I really don't think there's a risk on the other side of the border (except for literally just over the border, which probably isn't an advisible place for a Brit to be hanging around at the moment) - the Ukrainian army aren't going to be launching an invasion of Russia.

Kablooger Tue 19-Aug-14 15:29:03

i would send him I think! [terrible wife}

Floggingmolly Tue 19-Aug-14 15:30:13

There's a very good reason why they're prepared to offer a good package, namely; very few people consider the risk worth taking...
I wouldn't.

ImperialBlether Tue 19-Aug-14 15:30:40

If only we could send exes...

FelixFelix Tue 19-Aug-14 15:30:54

Thanks conundrum. I probably made myself sound very stupid before but I genuinely don't know the ins and outs of the situation!

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