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Average Wage in 1975
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Old 05-07-2010, 2:57 PM
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Hi all out there.

To settle an argument, which if i loose is going to cost me a bottle of Chang Beer. At 40 Thai Bahts. which is about 87 pence.

Can any tell me the avarage wage in the UK in 1975.

For example. Bus Drivers. Train Drivers. Joiners. Plumbers. Shop Workers.

Thanks in advance.
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A quick search on google for UK historical wage statistics didn't reveal much. But, assumimg wages have kept pace witn inflation and assuming the average wage now is 24K p.a, it would have been about 3200.
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I worked as a machine attendant in the Fry's chocolate factory during the summer vac of 1976, so an unskilled labourer. On a three shift pattern I earned 60 per week = about 3120 per year. Working days I would have earned 48 per week = 2500 per year.
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But there was also the perk of free chocolate?
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But there was also the perk of free chocolate?
Not when you've seen it made. I haven't eaten a Crunchie bar since and I used to love them.
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Not when you've seen it made. I haven't eaten a Crunchie bar since and I used to love them.
I worked in a pie factory during the summer when I was a student.
I haven't eaten one since.....
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54 a week in their pay packet ... which at today's prices is equivalent to 306.
Source: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/...2-06a.199553.h
"Average gross weekly earnings for full time employees on adult rates whose pay for pay period was not affected by absence"
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Plumbers, 20 a week declared to tax-man. 200 undeclared.
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Just trying to think what I was earning in 1975. I had two jobs that year as I recall:
1] A four-day job over the Easter weekend, paid 32p/hour
2] A short job in one school holiday as a "picker" in a small seed factory, paid 30p/hour

So in 1975, as an unskilled teen, doing unskilled manual work in a safe/ish environment, I was on the equivalent of 546/year (for a 35 hour week). No paid holidays back then either for that sort of work. That's 10.50/week.

By 1976-1977 I'd wised up and signed onto some temping agencies to do clerical/typing jobs at a massive 0.84/hour. I remember taking my cheques to the Post Office to pay them in, they were about 27/week.

By 1979 I was a fully qualified secretary/PA and undertook my first full-time permanent job. Typing at 90wpm on a manual typewriter, taking shorthand at 180wpm, with 2 years' part-time experience behind me I got my first proper job as a PA, it was the 3rd job I was offered (paying more than the other two).... this was considered "top dollar" according to our teacher who had told us what rates to expect. I was into the heady bracket of 3000/year, taking home 184/month. 1.65/hour. LOADED!

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I was born in 1975.................just to let you know
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A good gang man (sort of head scaffolder) was making 300-400 per week in the early 70's.
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in 1974 1 was earning just over 3000 pa for my regular day job.

i also had a small business on the side, and i remember one special week when i made 250 quid!
my father thought i was a millionaire.
Get some gorm.
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