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What You Need To Know About Living In Vienna

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Osamu Kaneko, vienna

Osamu Kaneko, vienna

 

As the capital city of Austria, Vienna is a very popular spot for expats thanks to its thriving quality of living. Ranked first for eight consecutive years running in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey Vienna offers the expat great restaurants, stunning architecture and prominent careers (both the United Nations and OPEC are situated here). There is also a huge number of conferences held in Vienna each year, bringing in some of the 3.7 million tourists each year.

Vienna is Austria’s largest city and is situated close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. It houses around 1.8 million of the Austrian population and has a thriving economic, cultural and political centre.

If you think Vienna could be the location for you, here are some essential facts and figures.

Language: The national language of Austria is German. The Viennese accent and some vocabulary may be different to that spoken in Germany. You will also be able to speak English here as Austrians learn it at school.

Currency: As in much of Europe the official currency in Vienna is the Euro. For more information on the current exchange rate, see here

Accommodation: Most expats choose to live in rental apartments in Vienna, rather than buy a property here. Renting is fairly straightforward in Vienna but experts recommend using a Real Estate Agent in order to navigate the rental agreements which can be binding. They can also give guidance on which of the 23 districts best suits your needs.

Healthcare: If you are moving to Austria long-term you’ll need to register with one of the public health insurance providers. They do not have an NHS as the UK does. It is the responsibility of the employer to register you with a health insurance provider, and once they’ve done this you will receive an Austrian health card, referred to as an e-card. You’ll need to take this with you when you visit the doctor or hospital. As a member of the EU you’ll also have access to healthcare with your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Employment: With Austria’s unemployment rate standing at over 10.6% there is stiff competition for jobs. Some public sector jobs are being cut but there is an increase in technology and marketing roles for those seeking work. Tourism is big news in Vienna so finding work within these sectors – although much is seasonal – will be easy for most. Find more information here.

Climate: Austria has a very temperate climate with winters (December-January) hitting the -1’s to summer seeing the dizzy heights of 19 degrees. You’ll also find the most rainfall in June and July. During the summer you’ll see nine hours of sunshine in July, but just one in December.

Education: It’s compulsory to send your child to school in Vienna on the September after your child’s sixth birthday. They are required to stay at school for nine years going through primary, secondary and then higher school. Many expats send their children to international schools in Vienna. For a full list, see here.

Transport: The transport system in Vienna is second-to-none. Reliable, clean and cheap experts stress that it’s easier for people to travel around the city on public transport. Buses, trams, trains and subways are all available. Cabs are also on hand and remain reasonable compared to other European cities.

If you are considering a move to Vienna PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Working Your Way Through A Gap Year

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Taking a year off from studying is a popular choice for young adults looking to spread their wings before returning home to start university or a job. UCAS, a UK body which helps connect young adults to higher education, said in 2015 5.4% of accepted applicants deferred a year (28,805 of 532, 265). Clearly they won’t all be seeking world travel, but for those that did the options of how to spend the time off are vast.

Choosing a destination is the first decision most students have to make. Rough Guide has listed the most popular places gap year students visit with Thailand, Australia and USA taking the top three slots.

For many, the focus of the gap year will be to travel and experience different cultures.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to spend a year doing something valuable and rewarding:

–  Volunteering on a conservation and environment project: Protecting the rainforest in Peru, rehabilitating an injured falcon in Mexico or working with giant pandas in China are just some of the activities you can partake in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Companies such as www.projects-abroad.co.uk are good places to start for ideas.

–   Running an American summer camp: A nine week placement at an American summer camp will offer up all sorts of exciting possibilities. As either a kids counsellor or someone helping to run the camp, companies such as Camp America help you find the best spot. After camp you can travel around the US for 30 days and Camp America even arrange their own treks around tourist hot spots such as the Grand Canyon. The perfect payback for all that hard work.

–  Helping build local communities Living in a country, whilst helping to improve people’s access to safe water and sanitation or support a local business are two of the ways, volunteering can make a real difference. Raleigh’s International Citizen Service (ICS), which is run by the VSO and funded by the UK government, takes students abroad for 10-12 weeks to help contribute to the lives of those living in poverty.

–  Working your way around Australia: As one of the most popular destinations, Australia is well set up for gap years. Once you’ve applied for your Working Holiday Visa (WHV) you’re able to work and travel in Australia for a year. There are some great career opportunities including being a dive instructor on the Great Barrier Reef, teaching sports at a Perth college or pouring drinks in a Melbourne bar. The choice is yours. To find out more about the Working Holiday Visa, see here.

Finally, as with all travel, there is an element of risk involved and the UK government has pulled together a checklist of what you need to do before signing up to any new experience. The document pinpoints the highs and the lows of gap year travel and recommends you are fully aware of what you are entering into. For more information, see here.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

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PSS Guide To Currency

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Working out how much you have to spend on a new house or even on a loaf of bread, can all be a little baffling when you’re deciphering a new currency, with its unfamiliar coins and notes. To make sure you know your ZAR (South African Rand) from your NZD (New Zealand Dollar) here’s a helpful guide to currency around the world.

Australia:

The Australian Dollar (AUD) comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denominations.

Interesting fact: The $50 note features Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon (1872–1967), and the $5 note has Queen Elizabeth II on it.

Find out more: http://www.australia.com/en-gb/facts/currency.html 

Canada:

Canada’s official currency is the Canadian dollar (CAD). There are 100 cents (¢) in a dollar. The currency for notes is, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins come as 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, $1 and $2.

Interesting Fact: The coins are all given particular names and include the 5¢ which is called a nickel, 10¢ a dime and $1 a loonie and $2 a toonie!

Find out more: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/after-money.asp?_ga=1.204103056.1877469677.1441639678

Hong Kong:

The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) comes in a variety of denominations starting at $10, all the way up to $1,000. Coins start at 10c, 20c and 50c before moving onto $1, $2, $5, $10.

Interesting Fact: Hong Kong banknotes are all different colours; $10 are green or purple, $20 dark blue or light blue, $50 purple or green, $100 red and $500 brown. $1,000 are yellow.

Find out more: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/plan-your-trip/traveller-info/good-to-know/money.jsp#ixzz3l8GIxolk

New Zealand:

Head to New Zealand and once again you’ll find yourself with a dolllar in your pocket, this time the NZD. Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2 whilst the notes are valued at $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

Interesting Fact: Until 1967 New Zealand used the British coinage system. Nowadays the gold-coloured $1 coin has a kiwi on it and the $2 coin features the kotuku.

Find out more: http://www.newzealand.com/uk/feature/new-zealand-currency/ 

South Africa:

A trip to South Africa will see you exchange your native currency for the South African rand (ZAR), which is divided into 100 cents. You’ll find yourself being given notes ranging from R10-R200 (with R20, R50 and R100 in between). Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation.

Interesting Fact: The South African rand is also the means of exchange in Swaziland and Lesotho. Nelson Mandela features on the bank notes with the Big Five animals – the lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant – accompanying him on the back.

Find out more: http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/travel-tips/entry/travel-tip-money-and-budget

USA:

Most of us know that the currency of America is the dollar. One US Dollar is equal to 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. You won’t find many $2 bills though as they are quite rare. You’ll be given coins to the value of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

Interesting Fact: The U.S Bureau of Engraving and Printing says the lifespan of the dollar bills can range from 22 months for the $1, 16 months for the $5 and 18 months for the $10.

Find out more: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/united-states-america/money-duty-free

PSS International removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves. Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

Living The Dream – Job Opportunities in Australia

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Christopher Crouzet ,Yellow Bioman, A lifeguard watching over swimmers at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.

Christopher Crouzet ,Yellow Bioman, A lifeguard watching over swimmers at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.

Careers in Australia are as varied and diverse as you would expect from a country as varied and diverse as it is. However, whether you can pursue your chosen career will be dependent upon the working visas available within the sector in which you wish to work.

To work in Australia you need an Australian Visa with work rights. There are a huge array of temporary and permanent skill visas available, it’s just a case of finding the right one for you and applying through the relevant channels. In most instances you will have to be officially sponsored by an employer before your visa is granted. Most work visas are based upon age and relevant experience.

You can begin your job search by looking at SkillSelect (http://www.border.gov.au/Lega/Lega/Form/Immi-FAQs/what-is-skillselect) This is the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website and helps manage the country’s skilled migration programme. Through this scheme you register an expression of interest before waiting to hear if you have been selected for interview. If your application is successful the scheme will arrange the relevant visas.

This page also lists the career opportunities currently on offer (accountants and software and applications programmers). It also places notifications on jobs that have reached their current limit or ‘ceiling’ (currently ICT Business and Systems Analysts). Look further and you’ll find jobs that have reached their quota and those that are still welcoming applications.

Away from SkillSet both the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) list and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) highlight jobs available and information about whereabouts in Australia they are located.

Everything from Production Manager, Child Care Centre Manager and Land Economist are listed here. You might also find work if you are an Architect, Chemical Engineer,  Secondary School Teacher or Veterinary Surgeon. You could even get in if you’re a Horse Breeder.

A full list for both and information about the difference between a SOL and CSOL can be found at: http://www.border.gov.au/about/corporate/information/fact-sheets/24apriority-skilled and http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/CSOL

If you’re not planning a big move but fancy a few months away, you can apply for a Seasonal Worker, temporary visa which allows you to stay in the country for 14 weeks – six months. You can work anywhere in horticulture or in limited locations in tourism, sugar cane and cotton farming. http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/416-

Finally, in a country that is as diverse as Australia it’ll come as no surprise that each state has very specific needs and requirements. Some regions have key employment opportunities in construction and health (Canberra) others in the Northern Territories list everything from butcher to fruit and nut grower! Whilst in Victoria there are occupations listed in human resources, biotechnology and sciences and engineering and building.  All the information you need can be found by clicking on the links below:

For more information about how PSS International can help you make your move to Australia visit https://www.pssremovals.com

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

PSS joins forces with Migration Cover – The first insurance product created specifically for skilled migrants!

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Moving away to a new life in Australia or New Zealand is exciting but there may be nagging concerns. What will happen if a family member at home becomes ill? What will happen if I am involuntarily made redundant? How will I return home if I need to?

Launched this month, Migration Cover could have the answers you need. It has been developed to reduce the stumbling blocks from international migration for both individuals and families.

Until now, the threat of covering moving and repatriation costs related to going back to their home country has been placed largely on the migrant, or their employer, who has already had to pay up to £20,000 to cover visas, removals, pet shipping, flights, car hire, accommodation and other associated costs.

Migration Cover reduces the anxiety of immigrating by covering the policyholder’s repatriation, employment advocacy and travel needs, subject to the conditions of the policy.

The product was created as a direct result of listening to migrants, understanding and empathising with their issues. The founders of the company are themselves migrants and used this experience to address the stumbling blocks they had faced.

Migration Cover offers four levels of cover; Platinum, Gold, Silver and Basic, starting at around £460 (exclusive of taxes, fees and charges) for a single policyholder and £760 (exclusive of taxes, fees and charges) for a family policy. There is no limit on the number of dependent children, either up to the age of 21 or 25 if they are studying full-time, which can be covered under a family policy. The prices shown are for 18-30 year old primary applicants. Potential clients are encouraged to seek a quote online at www.migrationcover.com

For more information about how PSS International can help you make your move to Australia or New Zealand visit https://www.pssremovals.com

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

What you need to know about moving day

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The moment has finally arrived. You’ve got your tickets, your passport and your visa. You’ve got your new destination; be it Australia, Canada or South Africa. Now you’ve got to ship your beloved sofa and much-loved paintings thousands of miles away, hoping that you’ll see them again in a completely new space and time.

If you’ve picked PSS International Removals to help you make the leap there will be no need to keep your fingers crossed. With 33 years of experience shipping people abroad, ours is a well-oiled machine and moving day should run smoothly.

With your very own Move Manager assigned prior to the big day, they’ll be no surprises as to when the packing crew are turning up. No chance of greeting them in your pyjamas as the Move Manager will have given you plenty of warning and this is especially important if you have resident parking bays surrounding your property. You’ll need to inform the local council prior to the move and ask them to suspend the relevant bays so removal lorries can park easily. Ask the Move Manager for advice about the size of bay that needs to be reserved. As a guide – a shared container 1-2 bays, 20ft container 3-5 bays (allows for our vehicle and container plus loading space), 40ft container 5-7 bays (allows for our vehicle and container plus loading space).

Someone will need to be at the property to let the packing team in but this doesn’t have to be the homeowner and they don’t need to stay all day. PSS however do recommend someone remains present during the packing process just in case there are any queries. You should have already confirmed with your Move Manager what’s going and what’s staying, but if you suddenly have a change of heart about an item, maybe you really can’t be parted from your mother’s dresser, the removal team will be able to accommodate your wishes.

The good news is that you don’t have to pack anything. In fact, PSS recommend that you let the experts wrap, box and cover. Your belongings are travelling many miles and it is important that they are packed using the correct materials. All items are packed into export-approved cartons and all furniture is wrapped and protected using six ply export approved blankets. Mattresses will be placed inside mattress bags, antiques will be carded over and china and glassware will be wrapped in greaseproof tissue and packed upright and all personal items will be packed into cartons. Some lighter items such as clothing and bedding can be left inside drawers but bigger and heavier pieces need to be packed separately.

That said, if you are really keen to pack something precious to you the team will let you. They will ask however that you leave the box unsealed so they can make a full inventory of what’s contained. This will also happen with the furniture and boxes that they have packed. You’ll be given a full inventory once the packing service is complete.

Your goods will be then loaded onto the lorry or container. 90% of full containers are loaded at your home but this may be different if you are only using a part container service. In this case a PSS lorry will take the goods away before they are loaded for shipment back at the depot.

Finally, PSS International Removals will take any unwanted goods to the refuge depot for an extra charge. If you want them delivered to a charity shop though, they’ll do that for free.

PSS International removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves. Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

 

 

Letting the kids train the family dog in your new home abroad

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“Buck The GSD” by Nickyhannaway – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buck_The_GSD.jpg#/media/File:Buck_The_GSD.jpg

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Owning a new dog or pet can be a great way of helping your family settle into your new home abroad. It can also be a good option for homeowners looking to protect their property because a dog that barks at strangers will alert you of any potential burglars. However, because some dogs can be more aggressive than others, it is particularly important to train your dog properly. Children make great dog trainers so why not get the kids involved in the process?

Ensure that you teach basic obedience skills. The dog should be able to carry out basic commands but ensure they use positive reinforcement while ignoring the wrong behaviours. A dog must become acquainted with typical scenarios in everyday life so introduce it to family, friends and other pets including household noises whilst encouraging it to bark or notify you when strangers arrive.

Never leave your child alone with the family dog and always be on hand at all times to make sure they are both safe. Whether your child is ready to train your dog depends on his or her age and maturity level. They will need a supply of dog treats to give as a reward for following commands. Just make sure your child doesn’t over do it because more than 50 percent of dogs have obesity problems.

Prevent the dog from taking food from other people. This is an important step in training because burglars often try to distract dogs with food. Choose one person to be the main caregiver when it comes to feeding the animal.

If you have a several children, encourage them to work as a team. Let one operate as the master and the other give the dog a small treat for his efforts. Encourage them to walk the dog around your property daily and command it to come back if it strays from the area. Have them give the dog a simple command like “sit” and show them how to place their hands gently on the dog’s lower back so your dog moves into a seated position before saying “good dog.”

Your family dog should learn one command at a time before moving on to the next and you should encourage your child to repeat these exercises at a variety of locations, so the dog eventually gets used to them and understands. Once “sit” command has been mastered, have your child teach your dog other popular commands such as “stay,” “come,” “down,” and “heel.”

Getting your child to take an active role in training the family dog will boost your child’s confidence and strengthen the child/dog bond.

PSS International removals offer a wide range of shipping and removal services, as well as advice and recommendations from our panel of tried-and-tested professional companies to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible. Our chosen pet specialist will ensure that your pet’s needs are catered for and that they arrive at your new destination fit and well.

Furthermore, they will be able to advise you on everything from import and export permits, welfare, vaccinations, kennels, flights and special crates for the airline including quarantine rules.

For more information or for our pet partner to contact you, please click this link, select the pet migration country you plan to move to, scroll down to the ‘Pet Transport’ section and click ‘Enquire Now’ to fill out a simple form.