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In terms of jobs and salary, there is the question of what are you willing to do to increase your salary at this point in time ? Change jobs ? Change locations ?

I can't change location without an associated custody issue, so that's out.

I do not think I can increase my salary by changing employers at this time. The area I am in is over-saturated with people at my skill level, and it would take a significant increase to counteract the perks I'd lose by switching jobs.

Longer term, I am in the process already of sharpening my skills and adding new ones. I in that I can at the moment (sharpen those related only to what I am doing now and will be doing in the future for my current employer). Some of this will pay off here - I have been told they want to bring me salary here, and they have been told it would require a significant pay increase for me to accept it (hourly has some advantages at times). A decent chunk is transferrable, too, should that need to happen.

So I guess the answer is: I am willing to learn new skills at this time, and am actively doing so, but switching employers is not currently feasable.

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