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mudskipper
2nd November 2009, 08:39
£285 per month!

1985 - 17 year old school leaver working as operator on ICL George 3.

ctdctd
2nd November 2009, 08:41
£1 per day.

Saturday boy at a Radio & TV shop in 1975 :eek

DimPrawn
2nd November 2009, 08:41
I used to get paid weekly. £76 per week as an electronic technician at a small company around about 1985.

OrangeHopper
2nd November 2009, 09:11
First IT job - 1983 - £6000 pa.

Lockhouse
2nd November 2009, 09:18
First IT job - 1983 - £6000 pa.

1981 and £7200 inc shift allowance as an operator.

Paddy
2nd November 2009, 09:20
Whatever £1500/yr got you in 1973.

No bad as you could buy a very nice house for £3,000

EternalOptimist
2nd November 2009, 09:25
£100

but if only I knew then what I know now. I'd be as rich as creosote.
ooohh. maybe we should have a thread about that


:rolleyes:

lukemg
2nd November 2009, 09:30
1989 - First job out of Uni, helping out in the labs at a manufacturing place. 157/week paid in cash by trim account assistant who insisted on wearing stockings and suspenders. She also insisted on flashing the tops of them at me as she delved in the safe to get my cash, happy days and yes I did, some time later when I got a perm job there in the I.T. dept....

ctdctd
2nd November 2009, 09:30
Spending £2.5k on hi-fi instead of a house was not a good move.

Quad ?

EternalOptimist
2nd November 2009, 09:32
Indeed.

:eyes.

Spending £2.5k on hi-fi instead of a house was not a good move.

but it seemed like a good idea at the time.



:rolleyes:

tenpin
2nd November 2009, 09:39
£285 per month!

1985 - 17 year old school leaver working as operator on ICL George 3.

£6k/yr 1985, graduate recruit ("Professional Engineer", no less) up at BT Research Labs. I have fond memories of living like a king when the incumbant union (STE) settled with BT after 18 months (I had been there 3) and I got a 25% pay rise and a wodge of backdated pay.

NotAllThere
2nd November 2009, 09:46
First salaried job - £11,309 a year. Takehome pay was about £700 a month.

darmstadt
2nd November 2009, 10:07
GBP23.50 (plus any luncheon vouchers left over) as a YOP (Youth Opportunities Program, Thatchers idea to make sure that school leavers were not counted in the unemployment figures) computer operator on an IBM 370/168 back in '81

Diestl
2nd November 2009, 10:13
Like the permies in here, same work, less responsiblities, but double the pay, and no team building, reviews etc.

gingerjedi
2nd November 2009, 10:40
I remember when my take home pay was...

The same as I get now... and I was a permy.:eyes

Lockhouse
2nd November 2009, 10:42
GBP23.50 (plus any luncheon vouchers left over) as a YOP (Youth Opportunities Program, Thatchers idea to make sure that school leavers were not counted in the unemployment figures) computer operator on an IBM 370/168 back in '81

You say that as if they were a bad thing but I did a TOPS course which got me into IT as it did plenty of others of my generation. Especially as I didn't have any academic qualifications.

darmstadt
2nd November 2009, 14:35
You say that as if they were a bad thing but I did a TOPS course which got me into IT as it did plenty of others of my generation. Especially as I didn't have any academic qualifications.

For me it was actually a good thing as it got me to where I am now. Some companies used it as cheap labour which was wrong. There was a girl who started after me and she just used it as a way of not sitting at home and to get paid for doing diddley squat. I finished my 6 months and the company kept me on...

Doggy Styles
2nd November 2009, 14:41
£34 a week, but it was a fab apprenticeship. There were a couple of welsh blokes in our year, I thought one might have been zeity but neither were green.

Brussels Slumdog
2nd November 2009, 15:01
1971. My first temp labour job in the UK at 45p an hour living in a hostel at £7 a week. Lots of women and beer and nights out at the Marquee club in Wardour street all for £20 a week.
1973 Learned to lie, got a temp job at 90p an hour in an accounting department. I was now a well dressed man with petty coat lane clothing.

I am still temping exept now I call it Consulting.

Sysman
2nd November 2009, 15:03
For me it was actually a good thing as it got me to where I am now. Some companies used it as cheap labour which was wrong. There was a girl who started after me and she just used it as a way of not sitting at home and to get paid for doing diddley squat. I finished my 6 months and the company kept me on...

Yep, a local double glazing company did that with YOPS lads. Cheap labour, let go of them when their term was up, and got another lot. He totally abused the scheme.

ThomasSoerensen
2nd November 2009, 15:10
In 1994 I started as an accountant on 1000 EUR per month - before 50% taxes. Not much room for fun. Had to borrow 1000 GBP from my parents for my first PC - paid it back over 1.5 years.

Sysman
2nd November 2009, 15:22
Whatever £1500/yr got you in 1973.

Income tax was 30%.

Employee's NI was (if what I found was correct) 5.25%.

Just short of 30 quid a week then. In 1973 between school and uni I got a night job which paid a princely 21 quid a week - if I'd been 21 I'd have got 28 quid a week, but it was what the unions had agreed. And folks wondered why I had little sympathy with unions... :D

The following year I splurged all my student holiday money on hifi and ended up with a set up which lasted many years. My parents went a bit mental about it, but if I hadn't spent it on hifi they wouldn't have given me any money at all (their income put me in zero grant territory) and my father would have wasted it on cars anyway.

Some of my student mates managed to get £40 a week working long hours in crappy conditions - bread factories and foundries come to mind, but I never managed those dizzy sums.

First proper job in 1977, £2300(?) p.a. with zero overtime. I'm not entirely sure about that figure but it worked out at about £180 per month take home pay.

Programmer-cum-operator but classed as a "Management Trainee" so that they could claim most of it from the government. We did get a decent pay-freeze busting rise which we were only too happy to keep quiet about.

stillooking
2nd November 2009, 16:11
£26 per week in 1978 working in a 'suits you sir' tailors/high street clothing outfit:smile

RichardCranium
2nd November 2009, 16:15
I remember take home pay.




Just.

Sysman
2nd November 2009, 17:51
You're the git that sold me that dreadful beige suit with the lapels out to the shoulders, aren't you?

I think I must have got his elder brother a few years earlier.

I came across some old wedding photos from that era a few months ago. We looked like the Mafia.

mudskipper
2nd November 2009, 19:07
In 1994 I started as an accountant on 1000 EUR per month - before 50% taxes. Not much room for fun. Had to borrow 1000 GBP from my parents for my first PC - paid it back over 1.5 years.

My first PC was a second hand IBM XT - 512k RAM and a 20Mb hard drive - then I splashed out another £550 on a dot matrix printer.

jvector
2nd November 2009, 19:13
First holiday job, late '60's ... 6s3.5d/hr. (Just over £12 per week). I resolved then that I would be making £3000 /year by the time I was 30!

ThomasSoerensen
2nd November 2009, 20:03
My first PC was a second hand IBM XT - 512k RAM and a 20Mb hard drive - then I splashed out another £550 on a dot matrix printer.

mine was an intel dx4 486 66mhz (with turbo button to increase it to 100mhz) and 4 med of RAM. I remember I had to pay an extre 400GBP for the abpve standard extra 2 meg of ram. Cracking machine. I tought myself the office package from Novell. With the spreadsheet called quattro-pro. All for following my business bachelor. Where everyone used MS excel :eek:

HairyArsedBloke
2nd November 2009, 20:05
I remember when my take home pay was the same as my gross pay.

Oh, hang on, it still is. :banana:

DiscoStu
2nd November 2009, 21:15
I remember when my take home pay was the same as my gross pay.

Oh, hang on, it still is. :banana:

I'd like some hints and tips on achieving this please :D

d000hg
2nd November 2009, 21:37
I'd like some hints and tips on achieving this please :DSpend much less time working.