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Poll How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?
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How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?
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Never intends to work (relying solely on partner's income)0 Votes - [0%]
Got a job within 1 year of actively looking0 Votes - [0%]
Got a job within 2 years of actively looking0 Votes - [0%]
Got a job within 3 years of actively looking0 Votes - [0%]
Still no job within 1 year of of actively looking0 Votes - [0%]
Still no job after 1-2 years of of actively looking1 Votes - [100%]
Still no job after 2-3 years of of actively looking0 Votes - [0%]
Still no job after 3 years of of actively looking0 Votes - [0%]

GaryM
Posted 2006-11-10 6:17 PM (#2586)
Subject: How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?
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I thought it would be interesting to find out just how easy (or hard) Russian spouses who have moved to the UK have found it when trying to get a job here. By this, I mean a professional skilled job rather than a part-time job working in a local supermarket or similar.

If an option isn't listed or you have additional comments to make then please feel free to add a reply
TonyH
Posted 2006-11-10 7:25 PM (#2588 - in reply to #2586)
Subject: RE: How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?


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Hi Gary

Non of them are applicable. My Natasha now 'works' (very hard I may add) towards her IElTS exam (2nd time) at the end of November. After that, should she get a minimum of 7.0 with nothing lower than 6.0 in any of the 4 elements she will then confirm her medical qualifications with the GMC by taking PLAB 1 and 2. So so far its been 18 months + since arriving in the UK and with another 4 to 8 months to take PLAB 1 & 2. Then there is no point in trying to get a job before she get ILR in OCT 07 as NHS trusts are unlikely to take her on if she still has a limit to remain on her visa. The hard part though is the English to such a high accademic level, of course not all proffessions require it as a prerequisit but its likely that level is needed. Then she might be lucky and get a job within the two years that the PLAB 1 & 2 cert lasts before having to take them again to continue her search.

Regards

Tony

borninrussia
Posted 2006-11-11 12:33 PM (#2605 - in reply to #2586)
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Edited by borninrussia 2006-11-11 12:34 PM
borninrussia
Posted 2006-11-11 1:15 PM (#2611 - in reply to #2586)
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very variable and depends on profession...some degrees don't have any prospects here (engineering for example), other people get a job offer before they leave Russia. I know an arcitect, who got 5 job offers next month after her arrival.
Are you interested in a particular profession?
GaryM
Posted 2006-11-11 1:39 PM (#2613 - in reply to #2611)
Subject: RE: How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?
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My GF is in the IT profession (software analyst/programmer) the same as myself but as mentioned in another thread earlier in the year I do have some concerns about her finding a job in the UK because she is not 100% fluent in English and it's quite a cut-throat business with a lot of competition for jobs in IT. I know she would eventually get bored at home all day while I was out of the house at work (which is a 12-hour period due to me having to commute into London) and I know from experience that this sort of scenario can put a real strain on any relationship. The ideal would be for her to find a job but I have to accept that it may be the case that she will find problems trying to get work. Due to fast moving technology in the IT arena, being out of work for any more than a six month period makes getting a job in IT even harder so the longer it takes the less chance there is. She does have a Russian degree in computing but I'm not sure whether they are recognised here in the UK

I was really mainly interested in some kind of 'overall' picture as to how much success Russians generally have when looking for professional jobs in the UK (any profession). I know there is another complication too which is that some employers may be reluctant to employ someone who is only on a spouse visa for temporary leave to remain

Due to the limited number of registered users on here I guess I should have opened up the poll to non-registered users too but I can't seem to do that now (if Chris reads this then maybe he has the power to do so as an Administrator of the site?).
borninrussia
Posted 2006-11-11 3:37 PM (#2617 - in reply to #2586)
Subject: RE: How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?


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Gary, I recommend her to go to www.rupoint.co.uk, open "professional assotiations"- "IT in the UK"...she will find all information connected with her profession here.
GaryM
Posted 2006-11-11 4:05 PM (#2618 - in reply to #2617)
Subject: RE: How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?
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Thanks

Interestingly she's actually been browsing the rupoint forum for a while now after I told her about it some months ago although I don't think she's a registered member (yet). I can't read anything myself as it's all in cyrillic but I'll mention that section to her and see if she already knows about it (my guess is that she probably doesl). Being in the same profession I would do everything in my power to help her (help prepare her CV in the correct way, contact agencies etc.) but at the end of the day I obviously can't go to interviews for her which is where it all really counts.

Edited by GaryM 2006-11-11 4:05 PM
TonyH
Posted 2006-11-11 5:49 PM (#2619 - in reply to #2586)
Subject: RE: How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?


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Gary I am sure you know computers work the same way in Russia and run on the same OS.

Even if she had to do some courses here it would surely not take her long to get through them ?

IT is a difficult area as are all proffesional areas and not trying to remove any hope, the future 3 or 4 years in the UK looks like its going to be very very gloomy, as the down turn I think is going to be really bad this time. So jobs are going to be a rare commodity any way.

12 months under her belt with English and taking some English ESol courses will have a dramatic effect on her English and give her an interest and at the same time settle her in to life in the UK.

Regards

Tony

kirrie
Posted 2006-11-13 9:42 AM (#2644 - in reply to #2586)
Subject: RE: How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?


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Why is engineeering such a problem area?

My Irina has only just arrived and so she can't work at present but once she has two years LR in the New Year, i think she would like to start looking.

She has Masters Dgree in Mechanical Engineeering (specialising in Refrigeration and Compressors) from the Moscow Technical University. For the past three years she has been work as the Moscow representative for two German engineering conpanies which manufacture industrial screen printing machines and blown extrusion lines (used in the manufacture of packaging), her spoken and written English is good already.

What can she do now (if anything) to improve the prospects of her getting a good well paid job. I thought the UK was supposed to have a shortage of good well qualified Engineers???

Regards
Eric
TonyH
Posted 2006-11-13 11:29 AM (#2649 - in reply to #2586)
Subject: RE: How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?


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And a shortage of engineering companies Eric. Hopefully she will be lucky.
kirrie
Posted 2006-11-14 9:49 AM (#2677 - in reply to #2649)
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Tony

I hope so - at least here in Aberdeen there are a fair number of engineeering companies because of the Oil and Gas industry.

Regards
Eric
TonyH
Posted 2006-11-14 3:51 PM (#2689 - in reply to #2586)
Subject: RE: How long did it take your Russian spouse to get a job in the UK?


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yes good point.

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