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    • maninthestreet
    • By maninthestreet 5th Jul 10, 3:48 PM
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    • 5th Jul 10, 3:48 PM
    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.
    "You were only supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off!!"
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 5th Jul 10, 3:54 PM
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    • 5th Jul 10, 3:54 PM
    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.
  • Old Wrinkly
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    • 5th Jul 10, 4:05 PM
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    • 5th Jul 10, 4:05 PM
    But there was also the perk of free chocolate?
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 5th Jul 10, 4:10 PM
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    • 5th Jul 10, 4:10 PM
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    • 5th Jul 10, 4:10 PM
    But there was also the perk of free chocolate?
    Originally posted by Old Wrinkly
    Not when you've seen it made. I haven't eaten a Crunchie bar since and I used to love them.
    • maninthestreet
    • By maninthestreet 5th Jul 10, 4:11 PM
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    • 5th Jul 10, 4:11 PM
    Not when you've seen it made. I haven't eaten a Crunchie bar since and I used to love them.
    Originally posted by LandyAndy
    I worked in a pie factory during the summer when I was a student.
    I haven't eaten one since.....
    "You were only supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off!!"
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Jul 10, 4:35 PM
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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/?id=2004-12-06a.199553.h
    "Average gross weekly earnings for full time employees on adult rates whose pay for pay period was not affected by absence"
  • HenryKissinger
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    • 5th Jul 10, 4:40 PM
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    • 5th Jul 10, 4:40 PM
    Plumbers, £20 a week declared to tax-man. £200 undeclared.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Jul 10, 4:43 PM
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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!
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 05-07-2010 at 4:47 PM.
  • OddjobKIA
    I was born in 1975.................just to let you know
    THE SHABBY SHABBY FOUNDER
    • Brallaqueen
    • By Brallaqueen 5th Jul 10, 8:48 PM
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    A good gang man (sort of head scaffolder) was making £300-400 per week in the early 70's.
    Emergency savings: 4600
    0% Credit card: 1965.00
  • ormus
    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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