This is a new chapter on my reflection about the pros and the cons of going back to Galicia.
A good reason not to is jobs. Unemployment in Galicia (and perhaps all across Europe) is still significantly higher than in Australia, even for skilled labour. Even with the bad moments that IT is supposedly living here, finding a job as an IT professional is still much easier if you are in Sydney. The fact that Sydney is a large city (rather than a collection of mid-sized towns like Galicia) also helps.
Universities here advertise their vacancies. You can submit an application, hope to be called for an interview and, if you are good enough, be offered a position. The whole process can take a few weeks. This is unthinkable of in Galicia. There, universities rarely hire researchers other than as lecturers, which involves defending your research proposal against competitors and before a panel which is often strongly biased. Yuk.
Government agencies here work in a similar way: they advertise, select, interview and offer. In Galicia this is even crazier than with unis: you need to sit a series of highly competitive exams, usually with candidate/vacancy ratios higher than 20, which are prepared by some people for years, and all your merits are assessed based on your answers to the exam questions. No interview, no chance to negotiate. Yuk yuk.
It’s sad wanting to go back to a place like this.