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A developer speaks on why he emigrated to Canada. Hint: Not for tax reasons
I was reading a GamaSutra article on how the UK is losing out to Canada due to tax breaks.
This comment from developer Rob Bridgett leaped out at me:
Speaking from my own experience, as someone who left the UK to live and work in Vancouver seven years ago (not the recipient of provincial tax breaks for games until very recently this year) my reasons for moving to Canada were based almost entirely around quality of life (cost of living / housing / lower crime rates / family friendly culture etc) and the sheer concentration of developers in Vancouver.
If the UK could compete on quality of life, then it might be able to offer some allure to developers wishing to make a positive move. UK tax incentives might give the developers a little more breathing room in their operating margins, but (I’m being cynical here) I doubt these savings will trickle down to the salary levels of the devs themselves.
It’s only anecdotal, sure, but it’s another piece of evidence that suggests that tax breaks are only a small part of the overall picture