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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dr House, 2 Mar 2021.

  1. Dr House


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,223

    Location: London / Prague

    I have been approached about a job in Gibraltar (A&E Doctor), Im a bit fed up with the weather here and I fancy a bit of a chance so I'm thinking about it. I would be taking a 25% pay cut but the taxes are lower so I would be more or less even when it comes to take-home pay.

    Has anyone been out there, what's it like?
  2. Feek


    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 231,328

    Location: In the radio shack

    Blackpool but always sunny. Full of tourists and cramped.
  3. 200sols


    Joined: 14 Jan 2018

    Posts: 6,634

    Location: Hampshire

    Cheap cigars and alcohol > Enjoy.
  4. billysielu


    Joined: 9 Aug 2009

    Posts: 12,112

    Location: Oxfordshire

    You'd be invaded by Spain at some point.
  5. Yaayuh!


    Joined: 5 Nov 2010

    Posts: 21,100

    Weekly muggings by monkeys.
  6. chroniclard


    Joined: 23 Apr 2014

    Posts: 18,291

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Been for a visit, unsure would live there. It's tiny, busy and a bit of a strange place to me.
  7. PlacidCasual


    Joined: 13 May 2003

    Posts: 6,973

    I've never been but I've always been told Gibraltar is a bit ugly. Surely the first step is to visit and see if you could see yourself living there.
  8. Rids


    Joined: 30 Sep 2008

    Posts: 6,621

    I've spent a fair bit of time out there - its nice for a few days, but honestly other than drink there is just nothing to do. You can go for a walk up to the rock, bike ride around the rock, go for a run up to the rock.... or you have to hop over to the border to Spain... and depending on how relations are between Spain and the UK at the time that could take up to 2 hours.

    Housing costs in Gibraltar are not cheap, finding a nice place with somewhere to park will be expensive. The flip side of this is you can live over the border (although not La Linea, its a ****hole) and get a lovely place for the cost of a packet of crisps, but you then have to deal with the border crossing every day and would be subject to Spanish tax jurasdiction.

    It wasn't for me, I'd suggest a trip out there to scout things out. If you do go, stay at the Sunborne, its the only decent hotel.
  9. Feek


    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 231,328

    Location: In the radio shack

    My post was bang on!

  10. R.P.L

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Mar 2012

    Posts: 1,621

    Location: Locked Down

    So basically paradise then? :p
  11. Jean-F

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2017

    Posts: 2,126

    Location: London

    I didn’t think that it was as bad as Blackpool, I didn’t like the place at all when we flew over from Tangier on a day trip years ago, but I would have said that it’s more like Chatham with sunshine.
    Once you’ve seen the rock and the apes, that’s it.
    My wife saw a betting shop, went in and won a score, then went into M & S and bought a blouse.
    We went back to the airport and got an earlier flight back to have a drink by the hotel pool.
  12. Zeeflyboy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Jan 2016

    Posts: 2,163

    It's tiny....

    Nice place to visit but not sure personally I'd want to live there. You'd probably find yourself venturing into Spain quite often for stuff to do so as long as you are happy doing a fair bit of driving to get there it might be ok.

    I assume being a Dr it will be easy enough to get a new job back in the UK on similar terms to what you are now if you decide you don't like it out there? If so and you're feeling fed up maybe it's worth a try!
  13. EddScott


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,394

    Location: Pembrokeshire

    My brother has lived there for about 20 years. Working for the various betting companies there.

    He and his family have really enjoyed it over the years. They did spend a time commuting over the border and it was a pain.

    My god mother also lives there and spent some time in the hospital. From what I gather it was originally supposed to be a hotel. Morrisons is across the road which is convenient. :)

    As for Gib itself, well yes, it's not much to look at but you do have Spain on your doorstep.

    Personally, I'm not one for hot countries so it wouldn't suit me but he's been very happy.
  14. iamtheoneneo


    Joined: 15 Mar 2010

    Posts: 9,712

    Location: Bucks

    Small, full of tourists, in the middle of nowhere, nothing to do.
    Great for a day out 'hiking' but I don't see the point of living there. Decent Pizza Hut though. :p
  15. alexakasloth


    Joined: 13 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,786

    Location: Sussex

    Bruno's has some interesting cocktails. That's about it.
  16. tom_nieto


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 11,185

    Location: Birmingham

    Head to Australia if you want better weather and lifestyle. I can’t see what Gibraltar would really offer, especially for a pay cut.
  17. 200sols


    Joined: 14 Jan 2018

    Posts: 6,634

    Location: Hampshire

    Way too hot, it catches fire a lot, everything wants to kill you. Nahhh
  18. tres


    Joined: 16 Oct 2007

    Posts: 7,115

    Location: UK

    They've been advertising for SHOs, registrar's and consultants for a long time (with pretty decent pay) - must be a reason why they're still looking after this time.
  19. Psycho Sonny


    Joined: 21 Jun 2006

    Posts: 35,900

    Have you taken rent into account?

    It's a tax haven for affluent people. You need a net worth over a million for residency or 2 million iirc.

    Apart from that it's basically Britain but in the sun.
  20. [FnG]magnolia


    Joined: 29 Aug 2007

    Posts: 26,982

    Location: Auckland

    I love the fact that DrHouse's life is littered with career choices, job locations, and car choices which have been decided by a computer forum. It makes me tingly inside.




    The man is a legend and I mean that with no sarcasm whatsoever. He's essentialy the Dice Man but posts in GD :D