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Europe vs Canada vs Singapore - what are your thoughts on these locations for software engineers?

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Senior Software Engineer [G4] at Grab8 months ago

I understand this question is slightly out of hard core tech.

I am looking for a location to settle long term and originate from India. While I like it in India, wanted to check if there are indeed places with good:

  • Software Engineering Opportunities
  • Cost of Living
  • Earning to Spending Ratio (I am usually a spender on low side, living minimally)
  • Safe to live at
  • Healthcare, Education and other things needed in life usually

This is really important to me since my parents are getting old and I would want them to stay with me. Thus, it is pertinent for me to decide where I would want to stay so that it becomes easier for them to adapt themselves slowly. At the same time, I don't want to compromise too much in terms of my career as well. I consider safety really important and financial health as a hygine factor.

I am starting this thread/question for folks in various locations to share how their experience has been. Hopefully this can serve as a guiding point for folks in similar situation.

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    8 months ago

    All 3 regions have high quality of life (for Europe, I assume you're referred to EU countries). So the main factor is availability of opportunity and pay. Given that, my personal ranking would be:

    1. Canada
    2. Europe (if you can go to London)
    3. Singapore

    The nice thing about Canada is that it's relatively easy for folks in Canada to come over to the US. The US has terrible healthcare for a developed country, but the pay and availability of opportunity are sky-high.

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    Team Lead (people manager) at Mistplay
    8 months ago

    To speak about Canada after living in Montreal, QC for a couple years (moving from the US) I think Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver are pretty great places to live overall in the areas your are talking about. (It is very cold in Montreal and Toronto for a long winter).

    I would use an international city comparison calculator like this to compare the cost of living relative to the different places, because even in Canada housing varies a lot. Also you can check out the tax rates in different cities as well. For instance there is twice as much provincial tax in Quebec vs Ontario (15% to 25.75% vs 5.05% to 13.16%) but with that comes a ton of services such as child care and K-12 education. Full list of Quebec services here.

    Note people in Canada on a work permit from other countries may need to apply for a visa to visit the US in some cases let alone move there. I'm not 100% sure how that works but it isn't always trivial.

    If you come to Canada we're hiring across engineering here:

    We have a lot of developers and employees from different backgrounds and are an international company of 250 people.

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