Unfortunately I know the exhaustion of working long hours.
Not only do I wake up early, 5:30 AM and then work til 4:00 PM (no lunch either). I then get the pleasure of training people for Kung Fu. When this is done between 8 and 10 PM, I get to go home and work from there while I prepare food for another couple of hours. I then try to work on some side projects or my website. I do this while I try to read and learn the newset techs out there.. If I am lucky I am in bed by Midnight, if I am lucky, very lucky... Saturday and Sunday are a minimum of 8 hours of work for the company.
This happens because our company is small and, becuase of the economy, cash strapped. Every project and development goal is critical to keep my fellow man employed which I have to take seriously. I am the lead software engineer and the only windows programmer (not that I feel that I am ready for this because my previous full contact Kung Fu fighting career put me way behind the current technologies and the only place I can discuss issues is with people on the web. You have to see what my boss thinks a splash screen is... aargh.), but I am forcing myself to do it. Even if I do get laid off every other week... ..
All this and they think five paid days off as a starting package is better than great (by the way that is vacation, personal, and sick time all wrapped up in those five days... and no Comp Time) So I haven't taken a real vacation or sick time either for over a year. Not that I could with all the weeks being laid off... Not going to say whether I worked during those periods either... Take a guess...
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8 at the bank and 4 leading MS Courses !
... I´m so tired....
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Here in the US, a minimum of 35 hours a week is considered "full time" and entitles you to "full time benefits", such as accruing vacation, sick time, and medical benefits.
Nobody says anything about working 50+ hours/wk, although some companies have (or used to have) "comp time" which was time you could take off without dinging your vacation time. Regardless of how many megahours you had worked extra, "comp time" seemed to end up being "take the afternoon off".
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In Spain, the legal working week is 40 hours, (distributed as the company needs), but in programming bussines and others like this, is normal to stay one extra hour or so, just for free, just because you are compromised with your job and responsability.
In so many companies it has just became a standar situation.
In the other shore, people working in production jobs and so on or for the public administration, just work for their 8 hours a day, and go home to rest.
This is quite interesting, but I'm more interested on the following issue:
I give to the state 17% of my money every month in "personal rent tax" concept, and the 4.50% in "social security" concept plus a 1.50% in "unemployed maintenance" concept.
I'm not complainning about it, when I get sick I have one of the best medical attention in Europe, and people without money can get a new lung for free. Also people old than 65 doesn't pay for medicines. And also, people without father or mother or both, like me and many others, can study and so on, cause they get an economical compensation from the state until they are 18.
I'm very interesting in know how is this in other countrys?
conversion::magro wrote: I'm not complainning about it, when I get sick I have one of the best medical attention in Europe, and people without money can get a new lung for free. Also people old than 65 doesn't pay for medicines. And also, people without father or mother or both, like me and many others, can study and so on, cause they get an economical compensation from the state until they are 18.
That sounds a lot like here, in Denmark, execpt we pay a lot more in tax.
Anders Molin wrote: That sounds a lot like here, in Denmark, execpt we pay a lot more in tax.
Yeah!, and I guess your rent 'per capita' and life level is highest than Spain nowadays.
I think in netherlands are world's most advanced democracies and social systems.
I've worked with people from Kopenhagen and there is a lot of good things in this country. You don't know how hard is for example buying or renting a house in Spain today.
I live in Italy and the (less then small) company is mine.
I give from 50% to 56% in taxes, I'll have to pay pc, software, heating, electric power and so on (the office is mine but there are taxes also on it).
I ask 50 Euro per hour (but not every hour is payed, for example the time spent to convince the customer to order a software), I have a wife and 2 sons, I don't take in account the time form 7:00 am to 10:30 pm I have my cell phone on to support customer, how many hours per week I have to work to let them eat three times a day?
I understand you, but I know freelance and stand alone working people here, and they're complaining about the same thing.
I think Italy is very similar to Spain nowadays, in fact, our current governments are very similar, (berlusconi & aznar).
Taxes are very high for small companies, I don't know if this is the right way but this is what we got...
Do you think small companies would have to pay less taxes?
I guees medium and big ones are paying my salary, and an amount equal to this to the state, then if I earn 10, they pay 10 to me and 10 to the state, and also I pay 3 more by my own.
Someone has to mantain the state, isn't it?.
if you are in Romania and if you are a software developer(a some athor jobs close related to software developement) you will pay 0% state taxe ( instead of 40% all other jobs ) but in Romania sadly this money goes to the employer not to the employe as the law say so ...
conversion::magro wrote: I give to the state 17% of my money every month in "personal rent tax" concept, and the 4.50% in "social security" concept plus a 1.50% in "unemployed maintenance" concept.
I'm not complainning about it, [...]
Whoa - feel lucky!
In Germany almost half of my brutto income is taken for social security, unemployment insurance and tax.
The exact percentage varies with the salary, but with the normal income in IT industry, it should be somewhere in the high 40ies.
My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
But Germany has a very good social system, isn't it?
My mother expent his childhood in frankfurt (15 years) and she is always singing the goods of German social system, schools and so on...
I think is a good think to pay this taxes.
In Spain I pay more or less 20% of my brutto, but the employer company has to pay +-40 of my brutto to the state.
Yes, but are you paying this 52% direcly? or is the employer paying for you?
I know is a litle difference, but in Spain I pay +-20% but the employer has to pay a lot to have employees subscribed in the social security system.
I mean, even though I pay that 20%, is quite hard to be a employer here.
Yes, this is what I pay - my employer has to pay about the same amount again - So the real cost for having me employed are much higer (at leas 1.5 times) of my brutto salary.
So employers think twice if they want to hire someone, because this system rewards 'employing' machines.
And while our social security system may be one of the best in the world, it has been showing some symptoms of overstrain in the last years: Dental work is only paied 50%, We have to pay part of the pharmacy bill. So we recieve less every year, but the amount of money we pay does not shrink.
My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
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