Just to clarify- the minimum wage in Spain is Euro6 per hour- with a monthly minimum payment of Euro 633.33 (they get 14 monthly payments- which equals the minimum wage). The starting pay for vodafone employees who are on an hourly rate (most aren't) is Euro 10 per hour.
France- yes, 40k isn't an unusual salary for an engineer- however they actually have a free public health system that works, and when they're not on strike, a very good inexpensive public transport system.
We have priced ourselves out of existence- and yet another tax isn't helping matters- we need to redesign this country from the bottom up.........
I recently heard two m&s employees talking about the refund of the USC - people here are being paid a pittance too. Yet they are one of the most expensive stores that operate here.
You cannot drive down the costs and salaries without devastating a particular section of society