Choosing between jobs
Lgw20 · 03/02/2023 22:32
So I have been off with my son for 20 months being a stay at home mum.
my partner wants a career change in September back to his old career, so I’m looking for work now. (We currently get free rent and bills where we live) but won’t when he changes career.
I’m trying to start my business but need other work to save for this move.
so I’ve been offered two jobs - one full time, some travel, some evening and weekends but a decent ish wage.
another job around 30 hours but 8-4 mon - Thurs and weekends off but £5000 less.
now I have no idea what to choose.
I want the lower paid job as it’s better for a family life / work balance and also I can still focus on building my business - but it won’t be enough money when we leave here - do I just take it and deal with that then?
or take the well paid job? Although we will have to pay for full time child care so may not be that much better off.
how do you mummas balance all this! Any advice
sorry it was a long one x
InterminableWaitForTrains · 04/02/2023 08:44
Have you worked out the monthly amount difference between the two jobs? The extra 5k may not be enough to justify childcare, stress, travel, and hidden costs of the odd takeaway on busy weeknights etc.
Changing jobs when you have free housing included seems really foolish in the current economic climate, though. Can you not wait until things settle? Get a job anyway, but save up for a while first...
Lgw20 · 04/02/2023 08:52
@InterminableWaitForTrains so the free accommodation is because we live above the venue my partner manages.
When he changes jobs we will look to buy it rent. But I wanted to get a job in the meantime to save extra money.
im thinking the lower paid one as you said, we discussed the cost of petrol, childcare and stress of full time with extra events on top.
IbizaToTheNorfolkBroads · 04/02/2023 09:13
Job 2 sounds like it'll be more beneficial in the long run, allowing for early years funding at 2 or 3, school hours etc (8-4 would still need some wrap around care later though).
If your focus is entirely about saving money to move, then take the job that give you the highest net take home pay after childcare etc and rethink once you've moved.
Drywhitefruitycidergin · 04/02/2023 09:24
Job 2 sounds more realistic unless your partner's career is going to be super flexible but you need to be able to afford to live. Every household has a min income related.
£5k lower £20k to £15k is a lot different to £53k to £48k. (The latter with tax rate/child benefit impacts) You need a realistic budget take-home pay with each job vs additional costs.
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