Posts Tagged ‘London’

The value of adjectives

October 31, 2017


We apply our previous methodology, using the Indeed site that allows one to search for job postings according to particular keywords in a particular location and gives a summary in terms of numbers and estimated salaries. So we can compare these results for postings containing various adjectives popular in advertising, as shown above.

We see that more than a third of the jobs are exciting and more than a quarter are fantasticStunning and amazing are very close in meaning and in salary too.  Groundbreaking is rare but commands a massive salary premium while innovative is also well paid (but creative may well be a noun in some of these ads).

Lovely is the Cinderella here, both unpopular and ill-paid, as befits a word that belongs to human beings rather than advertising.


The worth of foreign languages in Paris

October 14, 2017

Some mandarin-related data from Paris

So, we extend our previous study in London to consider and Paris. The table below shows results tabulated as previously for London


Jobs in Paris involving foreign languages

So, there were 1364 postings mentioning ‘polonais’ with a total estimated yearly salary of 29.35 million Euro and an average salary of 29,185 Euro.  ‘Overall here’ refers to the 12 language names listed while ‘Overall jobs’ is all the postings on the site.

We can also express this in terms of percentages referred to ‘overall jobs’, as below:


Data from Paris in percentage terms

Here, we see that 0.52% of the overall job postings mentioned ‘polonais’, and they had an average salary that was 13.1% higher than for the ‘Overall jobs’.  35% of postings appeared to mention a foreign language and for 30% that language was English.  We can compare this with data from London in the same format:


Data from London in percentage terms

There is a great difference in the worth of Polish (probably genuine) and of Turkish–probably due to small numbers, and you get very different results with [la langue] turque.  Italian and Japanese subtract value in both capitals, while Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese add value in the two of them.

Overall, the language-related jobs have a salary premium of 4.6% in Paris as against 17.3% in London.

The clearest conclusions are:

i)  there are far more jobs possibly requiring a foreign language (English!) in Paris than in London;

ii)  there seems to be a far higher premium for foreign languages in London than in Paris.





Агенства по трудоустойству, работающие в Лондоне, и другие информации

November 2, 2016

Агенства общего профиля

Jobs in London | London Jobs & Vacancies –

Агенства, прделагающие места для носителей иностранных языков

…русского языка

Сайти, соединяющие предложения разных агенств


London classical music listings

April 13, 2016


Guardian Time Out concert-diary visitlondon londonclassical concerts bachtrack
11-Apr 2 3 2 9 N/A 2 2
12-Apr 8 5 2 12 3 2 3
13-Apr 5 6 3 10 2 2 9
14-Apr 7 9 5 14 2 5 8
15-Apr 6 7 8 18 3 8 12
16-Apr N/A 6 8 15 1 8 9
17-Apr N/A 4 4 14 0 4 10

An enquirer on Tripadvisor wants to know the best classical music listings for London.

So we put ‘classical music listings london’ into Google and discounting individual venues what we get is as follows.  Time Out is horribly clunky and incomplete.  Concert Diary is quite neat but also incomplete. is comprehensive but pretty clunky and difficult to get useful information out of. seems to be a site for selling tickets at some of the main venues. is also pretty clunky but gives you a lot of detail on a restricted number of concerts.  Bachtrack is whizzy and gives useful information quickly and neatly, as well as being reasonably complete.  By way of comparison, the hard-copy Guardian listings are also neatly laid out, but not especially complete.

So we recommend Bachtrack, supplemented by if you think you might be missing something.

How Italians find living in London

December 24, 2014

This video is quite enlightening (I thought), and it’s interesting to find out the one thing that they really can’t get used to.

I wonder who it is they visit that makes them take their shoes off–not English people, for sure.  What are they doing complaining about our windows when they don’t even heat their own homes? A good thing about Italy is that you have the 4- or 5-storey apartment houses on streets laid out in a grid pattern, which appeals to my sense of order.  It also means you get families living in the centre even of large cities so you see children there as a matter of course, which you don’t here.  But of course most city dwellers there live in some ghastly slab of concrete 25km from anywhere you would want to be…which may be why this topic doesn’t get a mention here…

Some of the items (especially the hurried dentists) make it look as though they’re living in some posh part of North London, and who wouldn’t complain under those circumstances?

The taps remain a mystery–I think mixer taps were popular here for a period in the 1960s but have hardly been seen since.