Thanks for your reply, spankymcfly :-)
For a few seconds I considered myself lucky to having both salary and benefits raised at the new place (to median values). But then again, this only means that I have been working for years for owners with an agenda very far from my own, at low pay. I think you got the better deal overall over time in that sense.
We'll see what happens - perhaps there will be plenty of time posting on fora like this the coming fall :-)