American woman explains what stunned her the most about moving from US to London
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Making the move to a other country can be pretty scary; having to adjust to different cultures and way of life isn't easy.
And an American who made the leap across the pond has spoken out about some of the things that shocked her about life in the UK:
In a video posted to her TikTok channel, Olamide Modupe opened up about her experience of packing up her life and moving thousands of miles away to a new country.
She told her followers that she decided to do it during the pandemic, when she was 29.
Three years on, Olamide talks about some things that took a while to get used to - one of them being how we Brits are paid.
She explains: "You actually get paid monthly out here, not bi-weekly.
"If that sounds scary, trust me, it was scary for me to back in the States, you get paid your cheque in two instalments basically, per month, here you get 12 paycheques from so budgeting is extremely important.
"I've tried a couple different tactics and to try to budget the best that I possibly can.
"I was even splitting the check that I got into two different pots on my bank, my bank app and then paying myself twice a month just so I could have like a little bit of a transition.
She adds: "But fair warning, it's a monthly paycheque here, so you're gonna have to budget carefully too."
But she's not done there.
As well as the markedly different wage systems in the UK compare to the US, Olamide revealed that holiday allowances are also completely opposite.
She goes on: "This one is really great, you actually had all of your vacation time.
"The moment that you signed your contract in the US, when you sign your contract, you actually don't get any vacation time.
"At that moment, you have to accrue it, you have like, sick days, but not your like, holiday, as they call it here in the UK.
"The second you sign your contract, all of your holidays are there, they're available to you. And I think the statutory minimum is 20 or 21, but most places offer 28 If it's like a really good place and they're trying to offer really great employee benefits. They might even go up to like 40 and you get it immediately."
She adds: "I remember telling my partner that like oh my god, this is so crazy because you have to like work to get your vacation home in the US."
Since sharing the insight, the video has been viewed more than 384,000 times, with Brits and Americans stunned by the revelation.
"You lost me at monthly pay!" cried one user.
Another said: "Monthly?!?!!!"
"The whole world gets paid monthly, apart from the USA it seems," put a third.
While someone else added: "Oh wow… I wanted to relocate to the US at one point but I’m good."