How to find a job in Glasgow above £20,000

My husband and I are from Australia. We've been living in Glasgow for going on 9 months. We grabbed the first job we could find when we arrived, in call centres.

We are grateful to both have full-time employment however to save up for a car and other things we both really need to earn more than £20,000; and ideally more than £25,000.

We have been told that you have to work your way up the ladder, spending at least a year in a role before moving sideways on the same pay doing a different role, assisting someone in the higher role, and maybe you will be promoted in 1-3 years. At this rate we might be on £20,000 in 10 years time.

We have significant work experience and training yet we are getting paid the same as an 18 year old school leaver with little to no work experience. Many people we work with have been in the same role in call centres earning less than £20,000 for 10-20 years.

What roles, job titles, organisations, industries have jobs that pay more than £20,000 in Glasgow?

How do you find these jobs and successfully apply for them?

Is there work within commuting distance of Glasgow that pays more than £20,000 for people willing to work unusual hours or do unusual work? For example, in Australia you can do fly-in/fly-out mining work for excellent money but you work hard for it.

Any advice is much appreciated.


Unfortunately, north of England and Scotland in particular have much lower wages than Australia.  The trade off is much cheaper living costs, so swings and roundabouts.   We moved the other way and have saved so much in 5 years its incredible.  If the exchange rate holds up will move back with a substantial deposit on a house.    But our problem is just having hit the big 50, job opportunities may be limited with younger cheaper labour more appealing to  employers .     If we stayed in Australia buying a house in Melbourne would be impossible even though we earn more than double.  Always a compromise, but enjoy that Beautiful country.   You can always hire a car when needed, much less hassle than owning anyway.

Thanks unclehenry. I appreciate your thoughts. Car hire is definitely an option although not on our current pays. Glad to hear you're doing well in Melbourne. Property is so much more affordable in Scotland than in Melbourne or most other places in Australia for that matter.

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