A job overseas used to set you up for life

There may be a simple answer to Richard Steer’s increasing difficulty in getting UK staff to work abroad (Work opportunities at home and away, 23 August, page 26) - pay better salaries.

In the eighties, a young surveyor could earn two or three times what they would earn in central London, and with tax advantages and all accommodation found. A short spell abroad would pay the deposit on a house, and four or five years of hard work could set a family up for life. Can the same be said today?

Nigel Heath, via www.building.co.uk