In the Guardian today:
Full-time nursery for children under the age of two costs almost two-thirds of a parent’s weekly take-home pay in England, according to new analysis. Parents in Scotland fare slightly [sic] better, paying half (51%) of one salary for childcare, while in Wales the figure is 63%, and in England 65%, according to analysis by Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/oct/07/nursery-under-twos-costs-parents-england-65-percent-wage
Fare slightly better? Slightly? 65% is 27% higher than 51%.
Higher wages in England? Nope.
At £26,007, Scotland has the third highest median gross annual salary [after only London and South East] of the nations and regions of the UK and it is higher than the UK figure.https://sp-bpr-en-prod-cdnep.azureedge.net/published/2022/3/9/ce765259-d82e-4db7-8ecf-802683f7e56b/SB%2022-16.pdf
Cost of living? Nope.
Living in Scotland is generally less expensive than many other areas in the UK. Weekly household costs can be 20% lower than in London and 10% cheaper than the UK as a whole. So you can have it all, for less.https://www.talentscotland.com/live/living/information-about-living/cost-of-living