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  1. I always found the best leaders were those who knew when to bring in outside assistance!   I think you're too far down in the weeds OP. On the salary you are looking at here you are easily inside the top 1 percent of income earners. Your quality of life here will be very good.    Your taxes will be significantly higher (you can ignore the distinctions between social contributions, taxes, etc: they are simply the cost of living in Germany) and your figure is close enough.   Public safety is much better here, as is transport (including flying).    I think the greatest benefit is working hours are generally respected and you will have more time off.   The normal comparisons don't really apply to you as you're so far to the right of the income spectrum that many of the typical negatives of the US and positives of DE simply don't apply.
  2. How to calculate postdoc salary properly?

      According to the OED Acton's usage is fine: Forms:  Past tense and participle learned /lɜːnd/, learnt /lɜːnt/.
  3. Few German Mothers Go Back To Work Full Time.

    I think the article misses the main reason many women don't return to work: the lack of available childcare places and the very short school hours. For a family in Germany there is basically no way to have both parents work full time with school age children unless they get help from family to cover all the times formal care isn't available.
  4. British universities accused of dumbing down.

    The article you reference is discussing the results of a survey which shows that a majority of current university students in the UK support the idea of it being made easier for disadvantaged students to be accepted into universities. Currently admission is based on academic results at school. Students from well-off backgrounds do better on these measures indicating that socioeconomic status is influencing the results (unless you believe that the intelligence of children is determined by its parents' financial net worth) and should be accounted for. We would say that background is a confounding variable in what we are trying to measure: academic potential.    If we assume that raw academic potential is randomly distributed we would expect students from all groups to do equally. Now, imagine you have a hundred point scale, and students from the top-most quintile receive a median of 85, and students of the lowest quintile score a median of 60 and the required score for admission to some university is 80. Further assume a standard deviation of 5. Our student from the top-most quintile can under-perform his/her peer-group and still be admitted, whereas a student from the lowest group effectively has zero chance of being admitted. Recognising this problem, a university might say that students from the lowest socio-economic quintile automatically receive a 10 point admissions bump or some such scheme to help "level the playing field". The poor student still has to be in the top 5% of their cohort, but at least now has a chance.   These schemes are not new and don't threaten the academic integrity of higher education. The advantages that led to the difference in school results don't magically disappear, but such schemes, I think, should be supported.  
  5. Australian HECS/HELP debt and tax agreements

    Thanks for reporting Racoonbeak! That eases the pain a little!
  6. Speaking good German will greatly increase your chances as you are able to work with companies that predominantly speak German, which in Germany happens to be most of them. Even those that might use English as the language of documentation will tend to use German for much of the day-to-day work. It is worth having your language skills certified, as being self-taught might mean that you have important gaps in your abilities. I don't want to discourage you, but being able to pass the C1 exam is not sufficient for professional work. It means that you have all the foundations that you need, but you really have to keep improving so that you can follow complex conversations and contribute. I think that if you can master the language many other common migrant problems disappear.