To ask your occupation and how much you earn....

(550 Posts)
Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 18:33:46

Just being nosey!

gordyslovesheep Mon 18-Feb-13 18:35:45

lap dancer - nmw plus tips and free thongs

Sahm -£0 grin

SoleSource Mon 18-Feb-13 18:39:38



SAHM and £0

GetOrf Mon 18-Feb-13 18:40:00

Wonderwoman impersonator.

Salary - 8 million pounds per annum

BellaVita Mon 18-Feb-13 18:40:51

All of the above! I am tres busy!!

DamnBamboo Mon 18-Feb-13 18:42:49

Why do you want to know?
What do you do and what do you earn, and why are you looking to change careers?

BeechAvenue Mon 18-Feb-13 18:44:31

Mouse in the Mouse Mill. 3 nibbles of a digestive per day.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 18:45:34

Oh for goodness sake, what with the sarcasm. I was merely asking!

Cassarick Mon 18-Feb-13 18:45:51

Slave - blanket on the floor and scraps to eat.

ChewinTheFat Mon 18-Feb-13 18:47:07


Salary - unlimited supply of Mars Bars

I think that people will either muck around or name change. People always come on and judge or make comments if you earn a lot.
I don't earn anything at the moment so live off dh.

TheVermiciousKnid Mon 18-Feb-13 18:48:07

Supreme ruler of the universe. 4500000000 space dollar per minute.

kim147 Mon 18-Feb-13 18:48:27

Supply teacher

£100 per day. If there's work. That's a teaching day. Not weekends or holidays (of which there's quite a lot coming up)

I back it up with tutoring.

HeadFairy Mon 18-Feb-13 18:48:32

I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours. Why do you want to know?

I'm a doctor, 5 years after qualifying and I'm on £31,500 (that's the full time rate). I actually work part time so take a percentage of this.

HeadFairy Mon 18-Feb-13 18:49:30

toughasoldboots what's considered a lot?

MorrisZapp Mon 18-Feb-13 18:50:01



I don't know, over £150k maybe? I have never posted our income for fear of it being trawled up on later threads. Probably a bit vain to think that anyone else would remember maybe.

EarlyInTheMorning Mon 18-Feb-13 18:51:12

Personal Assistant
Personal shopper
Games coach
Party organiser
First Aider

Other people calling being a SAHM. Salary, £0 nada nothing zilch zero

catgirl1976 Mon 18-Feb-13 18:52:54

Not enough

StuffezLaBouche Mon 18-Feb-13 18:54:06

Teacher - 29k plus £20/hour tuition once or twice a week.
Also, company director - zero

HeadFairy Mon 18-Feb-13 18:54:06

Video editor, £32k.

MiniTheMinx Mon 18-Feb-13 18:54:08

97% of all money in the economy is debt

If every bank called in all debts at midnight tonight, we'd all have nothing and we could watch the banks themselves fall like a lot of dominoes.

My income irrelevant.

Arisbottle Mon 18-Feb-13 18:54:41

Teacher, in the region of 45K

HeadFairy Mon 18-Feb-13 18:54:48

As well as doing the stuff EarlyInTheMorning mentioned grin

CockyFox Mon 18-Feb-13 18:54:51

YABU it is rude to ask someones salary.
FWIW I am a SAHM previously I was a nursery nurse (fully qualified) and earned £9708 a year doing 27.5 hours a week.

HollyBerryBush Mon 18-Feb-13 18:55:59

My mother always said talk of money, politics and religion is vulgar and not for polite company. She was usually right!

So OP, flagrantly disregarding my mothers advice - what do you do, and what do you earn?


Finders, keepers!

Arisbottle Mon 18-Feb-13 18:57:31

I don't see why people are touchy about money . It matters to some people and the OP may be thinking about careers and it matter how much she earns.

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 18:57:59

Enough to spend quality time with my children and not have to worry about money but not as much as the job is worth.

eminemmerdale Mon 18-Feb-13 18:58:05

Charity manager - £28,000 pro rata 30 hours, so about £22K not a lot as my title is CEOgrin how we laugh!!

Schooldidi Mon 18-Feb-13 18:59:31

I'm a teacher, just gone through the threshold. Most people could look it up for yourselves but I get £34 000 or thereabouts. I'm really surprised that that's the same (more than) as a full time doctor!!

givemeaclue Mon 18-Feb-13 18:59:46

Again with this thread???

If the OP wants to know re careers etc, then she should say so, rather than the stated "Just being nosy".

People aren't exactly non-identifiable on here, why on earth would you post details like that just because someone wants to be nosy?

HeadFairy Mon 18-Feb-13 19:01:05

schooldidi I'm not... teachers, doctors. Both pretty vital IMO. Edited videos I'm sure we could do without grin

crashdoll Mon 18-Feb-13 19:01:19

I don't earn anything except the odd £20 here and there when I have time to babysit. I'm a student; I have a £4K social work bursary, £1K grant and about £3K loan.

Arisbottle Mon 18-Feb-13 19:02:52

Why does it matter if people know how much you earn?

I chose my first career almost solely on wage as did my DH.

I advise young people to enquire about how much certain careers pay.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 19:02:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

GetOrf Mon 18-Feb-13 19:03:28

Cannierelax is a great user name.

Arisbottle Mon 18-Feb-13 19:04:04

I would expect a doctor to earn much more than me, it tends to be among the brightest that go into medicine, probably brighter on average than teachers and they take longer to qualify.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 19:04:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Nancy66 Mon 18-Feb-13 19:05:17

I'll tell you what I earned in my first ever job...£4.50. Not for an hour. For the whole day. In Boots in 1983

DamnBamboo Mon 18-Feb-13 19:06:35

I agree Arisbottle, if there was more talk of salary, there'd be less discrepancy in the workplace in my view.
I didn't choose my career based on salary but it worked out ok for me in the end.

Since you have come back OP and clarified, I will answer.
I am the senior head in the company I work for, in the scientific discipline in which I am trained and I earn 80k per annum

Schooldidi Mon 18-Feb-13 19:07:31

I don't care if people know how much I earn. I will quite happily answer the question when pupils at school ask me. I think it's good that they are interested in how much people can earn in different careers. It helps people make choices about their future.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 19:07:46

Aribodtle- I admire your honesty.

ArcticRoll Mon 18-Feb-13 19:08:28

cannierelax-as someone who has just left social work career I would say think very carefully before giving up current job to train....

Schooldidi Mon 18-Feb-13 19:10:18

Arisbottle - that's what I thought. I wasn't bright/hardworking enough to become a doctor but I am more than bright enough to be a teacher. I just expected doctors to earn more than me because they generally ahve to be the best of the best just to get into medical school.

GeorginaWorsley Mon 18-Feb-13 19:11:28

Most doctors will eventually earn more than most teachers,I would think

Nombrechanger Mon 18-Feb-13 19:11:33

I was a hitman but now I'm a playboy model.

I earn between 5 and 10 million a year.

middleeasternpromise Mon 18-Feb-13 19:13:07

Think again before persuing a career in social work the salary isnt great and what they dont tell you is that the hours are 50 ish per week as theres no time to do the er 'recording' and report writing (you do that at home or on the weekends or when everyone else is asleep). Contract says 9-5 but the bottom line is when you are out on a case its all yours ! If you really want the pleasure of this job pursue posts as an unqualified that way you have the experience prior to comitting to this type of career.

GetOrf Mon 18-Feb-13 19:13:47

Actually, if I stop being a twat for a second, I actually started a new job (well, a secondment) today and can reveal my shiny new title - Head of Procurement <bores thread to death>

Ispywith Mon 18-Feb-13 19:15:11

Midwife 22.5 hrs, on calls, nights & weekends £24,000. Half of the staff are off with stress related illness though! shock

lljkk Mon 18-Feb-13 19:18:01

Bank staff Dinner Lady, £6.33/hour. I work maybe 3 days in 5.
Even if I get a professional job (I used to have one), after tax, childcare & travel costs, I expect to earn £1-£2/hour.
Am trying to avoid actually retraining. I know people with very professional backgrounds only now in min. wage jobs and actively retraining to try to get a leetle bit more pay & status.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 19:18:09

Ispywith- that's awful, is it beacuse your understaffed ?

Newly Qualified Teacher - £21k

fufulina Mon 18-Feb-13 19:19:33

Ispywith, are your on call hours over the 22.5 hours? Sorry if ridiculous question!

dashoflime Mon 18-Feb-13 19:20:02

Welfare Rights Officer: £21,000

BeechAvenue: It was a mouse organ not a mouse mill. The Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Organ grin

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 19:21:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

XBenedict Mon 18-Feb-13 19:21:02

Practice Nurse - nothing! Working for free at the mo but hoping to get a job soon.

You're doing doctoring wrong if you're doing it for that salary wink

Unless you're not in the uk?

Gp's earn 70k plus. My friends a GP, second career so though she's over 40 she's only been a GP for 2 years - she's on 96k.

soontobeburns Mon 18-Feb-13 19:22:49

Admin assistant on a 6 month contract (government first start scheme) earn min wage so £6.19 an hour or £700 a month.

SorrelForbes Mon 18-Feb-13 19:24:33

Health Management Consultant - £350 per day (gross) but I can wait for months between contracts. In 11/12 only worked for 5 months (3 days p/w).

Antidote Mon 18-Feb-13 19:25:32

Doctor (qualified 14 years ago). 60000 gross per annum which includes approx 40% extra for out of hours work. My basic salary is 41k.

I actually got a contract today with the numbers, very rare in my experience!

BillyBollyDandy Mon 18-Feb-13 19:25:37

How are you on £31K as a doctor?!?

Agree GP's salary is £70k.

I earn more than £31K for a 22 hour week and I don't save lives. Well not for a living wink smile

Plus3 Mon 18-Feb-13 19:26:28

Sister in PICU - f/t (nights & weekends 13 shifts a month) about £50k (Including London weighting)

However, that's at the top of my pay scale. To earn more I would have to do an MSc to become a nurse practionaire or move into management...

BlueMoon74 Mon 18-Feb-13 19:26:47

Primary School teacher - £23k. definitely not enough

^ Pretty sure qualified teachers don't start on £25k in Scotland?! Do they?!
I was certain everyone started on £21k, apart from those in London who have a weighted premium.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 19:27:53

Blue moon- goggle it. They do

MyPetMonsterAndMe Mon 18-Feb-13 19:27:54

I am a 4th year teacher, not in the UK but I earn the equivalent of £40k. Before taxes obviously!

fatcatrattrap Mon 18-Feb-13 19:28:25

I'm a lawyer and earn a very good salary (don't like saying how much, even though it's anonymous I'm still not comfortable with it, silly perhaps).

However I am leaving my job very soon and taking a very large paycut (25% of current salary) so soon I will be earning a lot less (but hopefully will have more free time and less late nights in the office!)

Ispywith Mon 18-Feb-13 19:29:16

On call is extra (non negotiable) I do probably 4 a month. Get about £11-£15 extra to be on call & then time & half if called out. It's the knock-on effect & dodgy shifts, pressures of the work (not always nice) & constant guilt of not having the time for women that lead to burn out....hmm Apart from that love itgringringringringringrin

Antidote Mon 18-Feb-13 19:29:16

laurie most doctors don't earn as much as the papers say unless they are GP partners or doing loads of private work.

It's still a lot of money.

5hounds Mon 18-Feb-13 19:29:31

Customer service assistant £6.22ph

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 19:30:15

£25,716. > lowest pay scale for new teachers in Scotland.

BillyBollyDandy Mon 18-Feb-13 19:30:23
redandyellowbits Mon 18-Feb-13 19:30:45

Freelance writer, I earn £350/day when working which is hardly ever cos of new baby. The rest of the time, I earn nowt.

sixplustwo Mon 18-Feb-13 19:31:55

Programme Manager, financial services (insurance), software projects. £85k plus bonus/perks.

That sounds like a lot now that I've written it down, but I have two (relevant to my job) degrees, professional qualifications, nearly 19 years of industry experience, a scary (and increasing) amount of staff under me, and the programme I'm currently the primary on is valued at just under £18m. Which I'm pretty much accountable for delivering on time, on budget, and to the specified quality.

My New Year resolution was to get my weekly hours down to sixty-something, and so far I'm failing.

I am also our household's primary breadwinner, as DH is part-time, to account for the hours I have to be available (works part time, local council).

Chunderella Mon 18-Feb-13 19:32:49

As I said in the other thread that it'd be better if we were all more open about this, I shall put my money where my mouth is. 10.5k for 2 days a week, as a solicitor in a high street firm. Not a particularly high wage for my profession but low targets and good work life balance. DH is on 29.5k and works in insurance analytics, full time.

HurtleTurtle30 Mon 18-Feb-13 19:34:19

Work in a call centre role, £36,000

elliejjtiny Mon 18-Feb-13 19:34:22

At the moment I'm a carer, earning £58 a week. If I wasn't doing that, I'd be a nursery nurse earning minimum wage or just over.

Antidote Mon 18-Feb-13 19:34:23

Billy yup, you've got to put in lot of loooong hours to get over 70k, but the good thing is you can be pretty sure you'll get there in the end....

Pigsmummy Mon 18-Feb-13 19:35:45

Account director, basic £58K, in a good year £88k bad year £58k. Hours worked outside of 38 per week = too many. Hours spent on the m25 = too many

Niceteeth Mon 18-Feb-13 19:36:38

Dentist, qualified 8 years and I earn 60k before tax

cowmop Mon 18-Feb-13 19:36:39

I'm a SAHM, but was a nursery nurse before which was 9 years ago. I've got NVQ level 3 in Playwork and the same in Early Years Care and Education and earned the grand total of £66 for a 30 hour week.

Teacher's pay scales in England and Wales Been frozen for years too!

Goober Mon 18-Feb-13 19:41:14

I'm a spy. But tell NOBODY!
I earn many, many pounds.

Arisbottle Mon 18-Feb-13 19:41:19

I think most people's pay scales have been frozen and a sizable number have taken paycuts.

Should be teachers' of course! blush

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 19:44:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 19:46:15

I'm astonished at how low the teachers salary / nursery nurse salary is in England compared to Scotland.

deleted203 Mon 18-Feb-13 19:47:50

Teacher of 20 odd years. UP3 - about £37,000 I think. (Should have taken call centre work looking at Hurtle - although TBH I'm assuming you have a managerial role, rather than just answering the phone).

CockyFox Mon 18-Feb-13 19:49:07

Cannierelax, I worked in a private nursery, it pays just above minimum wage, It really bugs me how much they charge parents and how little they pay staff.

filibear Mon 18-Feb-13 19:58:19

Message deleted by Mumsnet for breaking our Talk Guidelines. Replies may also be deleted.

LayMizzRarb Mon 18-Feb-13 19:58:42

You have been told the salary of one doctor. A friend of mine lives in Germany, looking after his parents almost full time. Two weekends a month, his sister looks after them. He is registered with the GMC, and twice a month, flies over for the weekend, hires a Premier Inn room, and does a 48 hr agency GP locum shift. After paying his airfare and hotel bill, he nets the same as teachers I know.

I'm a senior manager in Higher Education. Circa £45k before tax.

I should also say I average about a 50/55 hour week....

Dentist. About 50-60k depending on hours/how much holiday I take.

CarpetBagger Mon 18-Feb-13 20:07:38

I am amazed at what teachers are earning.

We were told very firmly when DD started school that we musn't take her on holiday during term time ( fair enough, I wouldn't expect them to encourage it), however it was the way the Head said with a pitiful look:

" We face the same costs too of course".

yeah - You face the same costs with seemingly alot more bloody money than us - on one salary under 20 grand.

inlawsareasses Mon 18-Feb-13 20:12:23

Im a social worker and I enjoy my job.
It is the kind of job that you can get too involved in iyswim?
You have to be mega organised and accept that you cannot control others you can only advise and allow them to make their own choices with the full knowledge of potential consequences.
The job never ends whether you work 60 hours and 37. There are weeks where everything goes wrong and others where things are calm.
Realism is the key to social work and peoples lives are complex.
The pay isn't too bad like I said on a bad week where it's all kicking off no sum of money will be worth it, but on a week where you know you've made a difference its great!

MariusEarlobe Mon 18-Feb-13 20:13:02

Has xenia posted yet? Her earnings usually blow everyone else out of the water.

greenplastictrees Mon 18-Feb-13 20:14:48

Press officer - a little over £35,000, full time and in central London.

Auntmaud Mon 18-Feb-13 20:14:49

carpetbagger are you a graduate with four years of university behind you?

MariusEarlobe Mon 18-Feb-13 20:16:25

Nursery nurse pay is ridiculous.
When I started the wage was ok.
Then it was made nmw in most places, nmw when the majority of old nursery nurses had done the nneb which was 3 years of 9 - 5 study! Hence lots like me left.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 20:17:37

Marius- did you retrain?

Arisbottle Mon 18-Feb-13 20:17:46

Would you like us to earn less carpetbagger?

I earn what I do because I am in quite a senior position, I think a top of the payscale teacher earns about 10K less than me.

Saski Mon 18-Feb-13 20:18:30

I'm surprised this hasn't lured marriedinwhite out of her exile.

Arisbottle Mon 18-Feb-13 20:18:50

I will probably out myself as a greedy mare, but the teaching salary was the absolute lowest I was going to go and it almost put me off going into teaching.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 20:18:55

Inlaw- can I ask how many years experience you have and how much you earn? do you feel there's still plenty of demand for it?

nbee84 Mon 18-Feb-13 20:20:00

Nanny - 18k for a 30 hour week.

This thread made me think back to what I was earning when I started out in 1985 and it was just over 2k for a 50 hour week!

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 20:20:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Mugglewhump Mon 18-Feb-13 20:20:17

GP part-time, salaried, 30k. been a gp for approx 9 yrs. If I worked full-time salaried I would be earning about 67k.

mendandmakedo Mon 18-Feb-13 20:21:56

Specialist community nurse 20,000 doing 26 hours.

drinkyourmilk Mon 18-Feb-13 20:22:58

I'm a Nanny. Basic salary is 33k for 52 hours.

LayMizzRarb Mon 18-Feb-13 20:23:07

Carpetbagger - why not start researching and training to become a teacher?

Goldrill Mon 18-Feb-13 20:23:20

Scientist. Experienced. Fairly well qualified (MSc and relevant prof body stuff). £23k. And that's really quite good unless you work for the government.

Don't go into ecology unless you really don't give a toss about money!

tethersend Mon 18-Feb-13 20:24:33

'Head of Procurement'? Um, GetOrf... Are you a pimp? grin

Teachers' pay scales are soon to be extinct if that cheeky little scamp Govey gets his way.

knackeredmother Mon 18-Feb-13 20:25:32

Doctor, full time (around 50 hours on average per week), £34k.

NcNcNcNc Mon 18-Feb-13 20:27:01

£50k circa, Bid Manager

nickelbabe Mon 18-Feb-13 20:29:45

I'm a bookseller
because I work for myself I currently earn nothing (last tax year I earned -£3k ish)

when I was an employed bookseller, iwas a senior bookseller and earned about £12k

lockets Mon 18-Feb-13 20:31:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ninjanurse Mon 18-Feb-13 20:32:47

staff nurse in the community, one year qualified, 30 hours a week - approx £21k (including weekend allowances and lonfon fringe allowance)

GeorginaWorsley Mon 18-Feb-13 20:33:38

Doctors don't start earning a lot of money until consultant or GP grades.
I mean GP partners,not salaried.

greenplastictrees Mon 18-Feb-13 20:33:57

Some of the careers on here are jobs that I feel are so important that people doing them deserve so much more money (teachers, nurses, childcare providers) e.t.c...I'm shocked at what some of them pay.

AmberSocks Mon 18-Feb-13 20:34:50

sahm so nothing personally,but I married a rich older man so whats his is mine! :-)

iclaudius Mon 18-Feb-13 20:36:22

Shocked at doctor and gp earnings

NotHerRealname Mon 18-Feb-13 20:37:35

Ah you lot are rubbish! I was looking forward to being nosey too.
Me = Nurse, 19 hours about £21000 Pa.

Plus obviously naff all for my FT job of being a mum.

eminemmerdale Mon 18-Feb-13 20:37:57

yes our pay scales in the charity sector have been frozen for years too - we're also graduates with lots of years of experience.

soontobeburns Mon 18-Feb-13 20:39:21

Its shocking the levels of pay though tbh I would rather work 9-5 for £15, 000 a year than earn £80, 000 and have to work 60+ hours.

I value my free time and family time more than money and a big house.

disclaimer may change my mind when in my own house with bills to pay.

HotPanda Mon 18-Feb-13 20:40:06

I work in finance and am on £30k a year basic for a 35 hour week.

Arisbottle Mon 18-Feb-13 20:41:58

I am selfish mare, I want the big house and the free time.

Rufus43 Mon 18-Feb-13 20:42:34

I work as a dinner lady(lunchtime supervisory assistant) 3 days a week. That gets me a grand total of £115 per month!

SW1XMother Mon 18-Feb-13 20:42:35

300k + bonus. I think I don't need to tell what I do for a living. :-)

Delayingtactic Mon 18-Feb-13 20:43:13

Doctor, 6 yrs in, £47000 (I get extra due to the %age unsociable hours I do)

akaemmafrost Mon 18-Feb-13 20:43:33

Full time carer of two dc with autism.

Salary? Not nearly enough, in common with all other Carers.

I'm a fashion merchandiser during the week mon-fri and a live in nanny at the weeked fri eve-mon morning.

approx. 88 hours a week plus travel and earn about £42,000 a year on average. But I work 7 days a week, so its all relative innit? grin

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 20:44:57

Sw1x- I wanna know!!Plz do tell...

knackeredmother Mon 18-Feb-13 20:46:28

I think the media have a lot to answer for. Everyone thinks as a doctor I'm loaded, most of my doctor friends are in receipt of family tax credit! Doctor payscales are easily googleable and they are nowhere near as high as everyone thinks. I qualified in 2007 by the way so quite a lot of experience for my £34k worth.
On the other hand people think nurses and midwives are poorly paid- my friends in these professions generally take home more than me.

whois Mon 18-Feb-13 20:46:55

ACA Accountant, 1.5 years post qual so 4.5 years total. Big 4. London. 50k plus bonus (4k last year)

ByTheSea Mon 18-Feb-13 20:49:06

Business Analysts can earn from £35K(junior) - £100K+ (usually contractor). I am not junior but not a contractor so fall in that range. I tend to work 37.5 hours per week, sometimes a bit more.

Pre DC I was an editorial assistant- I left in 2006 and my wage was 12k.

Titchyboomboom Mon 18-Feb-13 20:50:49

Childminder.... 250 per week pre tax and damages!!

CRbear Mon 18-Feb-13 20:52:22

I am a geologist and earn 53,000 p/a

GeorginaWorsley Mon 18-Feb-13 20:52:41

knackered DH is doctor,so understand what you mean but if and when you reach consultant or GP level you will be earning more than your nurse friends.
I am nurse of 25 yrs experience,btw

NcNcNcNc Mon 18-Feb-13 20:52:58

whois - i'm big 4 too smile

Parsnipcake Mon 18-Feb-13 20:52:59

Foster carer. I am classed as self employed and earn £25 per week for a baby and £125 per week for a teenager. I get some expenses on top. No sick pay, holidays or moments to myself, no pension scheme either. Bit shit really. I used to work as a Research Fellow in the NHS for about £36k per year, and a psychotherapist for £ 45 an hour.

KatyTheCleaningLady Mon 18-Feb-13 20:55:52

I clean houses for £15 an hour.

Karoleann Mon 18-Feb-13 20:57:17

I'm a locum optometrist and charge £220/ day.

Pollykitten Mon 18-Feb-13 20:57:41

I'm an interim project mananager and earn £400 a day. Earned more as a lapdancer. Earned less as a cleaner. Swings and roundabouts, I suppose.

OutOfCheeseError Mon 18-Feb-13 20:57:54

Research scientist, £31k salary plus pro rata for teaching. This is after 7 years at university (BSc + PhD) and a couple of years post-university experience. I will reach the top of my grade soon so my salary won't increase further unless I get a permanent position - these are rarer and more prized than unicorn shit, so I may be faced with retraining in my 30s sad

Morloth Mon 18-Feb-13 20:59:40


$66k for 3 days a week I am a manager in the mining industry.

DH earns much much more than that for IT in a bank.

Maximum money for minimum effort is our goal.

poppypebble Mon 18-Feb-13 20:59:53

Teacher, Upper Pay Scale 2, £35, 447. Been teaching for 9 years. Generally in school 7.30 - 5.00 then work for two hours or so each evening and most of Sunday. Plus 14 parents evenings a year and various open evenings etc.

knackeredmother Mon 18-Feb-13 21:00:13

Georgina- thanks for the kind words. I'm hanging on there having been part time for a couple of years (taking home £15k!) but just a few years left now in my GP training. I'm in an unbanded post which helps keep the hours to less than 60 pw but doesn't help with the pay!

noviceoftheday Mon 18-Feb-13 21:02:20

Pollykitten out of interest are these boom times or not for interim project managers? Have you ever had a long break without a contract? I seriously considered doing it years ago but was too much of a scaredy cat!

noviceoftheday Mon 18-Feb-13 21:05:28

While this threads can be car crashes occasionally, they do always highlight that the publics perception of GPs pay isn't right. I always thought they all earned £100k plus blush because that's how it appears in the papers.

2aminthemorning Mon 18-Feb-13 21:05:51

I earn nothing. My husband earns four thousand a month (as in that what comes into the account - net? gross? I never understood...). He's a financial adviser and works a 40ish hour week.

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 18-Feb-13 21:07:10

Telecoms, £70K

lechatnoir Mon 18-Feb-13 21:07:40

FT Childminder £19k year. Tries not to get too depressed that the last time I posted on one of these threads I worked 3 days a week as an estate agent on £60k shock

SorrelForbes Mon 18-Feb-13 21:08:56

There does seem to be quite a lot of interim manager work around at the moment. If you're willing to travel then you can drastically increase your options.

PuppyMummy Mon 18-Feb-13 21:09:13

Teacher with management responsibility, about £41k

ArtVandelay Mon 18-Feb-13 21:11:01

I'm a Mummy and I get paid in kisses! Thousands of them a day...

(tries to be positive smile )

Mawgatron Mon 18-Feb-13 21:11:15

Teacher, with small responsibility point for key stage three English. £33 thousand.

Bearbehind Mon 18-Feb-13 21:13:50

carpetbagger surely with your children's input your income will increase to become comparable with teaching.........wink

zlist Mon 18-Feb-13 21:14:04

Teacher upper payscale 1, part-time (60%), £20,508.60 pa
Full time on same payscale would be £34,181 (no extra responsibility). If I had stayed FT and kept pre-DC modest responsibility, without being promoted further, I would be on about £40K.

floatyjosmum Mon 18-Feb-13 21:15:49

I'm a sw and what people say about the hours are true - some weeks you may leave on time others could be another 30 hours.
It's also not a 9-5 mon-fri anymore as I'm aware of one la who have changed all contracts to 7 days a week!

You wouldn't enter sw for the pay/hours/working conditions. Pay can start as low as 20k and tbh although the media always say 30k I don't know a newly qualified who earns that.

Depends what you want to do in sw as the jobs vary so much

grin bear

soverylucky Mon 18-Feb-13 21:16:25

I watched a programme about surgeons the other day. I am in awe of them. I think they should be paid millions!
I would also like to know what carpet thinks teachers should be paid? Don't know why they were amazed when as pp said - teacher pay scales are very easy to find on the internet.

pegster Mon 18-Feb-13 21:16:38

Vet - 22 hours a week plus 1 in 8 weekends. Basic salary of 21.5K plus roughly 2K bonus. Pretty crap after 13 years and significantly less than most of the clients think I get when they're blaming me for the cost of treatment

GeorginaWorsley Mon 18-Feb-13 21:17:38

novice The papers are quoting GP Partner's pay,very often circa £100k
They are essentially self emplyed practitioners running their own business with all that that entails.
Salaried GPs earn less,they are employees so do not have the responsibility of employing staff,maintaining premises etc.

CheeseOnTop Mon 18-Feb-13 21:18:22

Scientist, PhD. 33k

ChairmanWow Mon 18-Feb-13 21:21:52


Earnings - whatever I fucking tell you to pay, slave.

whois Mon 18-Feb-13 21:22:08

I think these threads are really interesting, such variety. I'm always surprised how little science jobs attract!

Project Manager in software delivery earning c. £55k. That's on a permanent rather than contract basis.

goingupinfumes Mon 18-Feb-13 21:24:28

I thought GP's earn more as well, I'm in the creative industry v.senior (the boss) and can earn 150k+, It's my own business so depends on how much I need to put back in to the business year on year, and I work 24/7, evenings, weekends, but love my job.

MissAnnersley Mon 18-Feb-13 21:24:57

An NQT in Scotland earns £21 438.

noviceoftheday Mon 18-Feb-13 21:25:06

Thanks Sorrell!

Thanks Georgina, yes someone else mercifully explained that to me before on a similar thread. Employee gps must be so cross every time the myth is peddled in the papers.

ihatethecold Mon 18-Feb-13 21:26:24

Call centre telephonist. I earn £9.50 per hour
I work about 120 hours a month and bring home about £1K a month.
I mostly work school hours so I'm always there to collect my kids from school but I do work 1 day every weekend which I don't like.

PrincessOfChina Mon 18-Feb-13 21:26:28

Almost £30k and I work in internal Comms. I also get good perks and a (usually) decent bonus.

I'm usually happy to talk salary - I agree with those saying things would be fairer if we all did.

Groovee Mon 18-Feb-13 21:28:38

I'm a nursery nurse too for the LA on £18K not the breadwinner and only work about 14 hours a week or 20ish at the most, so pro rata.

balroymum Mon 18-Feb-13 21:31:43

I agree with comments made about teaching salaries- why are some people 'shocked'? Public sector workers'salaries are in the public domain. I'm Head of English ( no stealth boast intended!) and earn 48,000. I never feel that I should justify myself when people say the usual things about holidays and finishing 'early.' I love my job and I work really hard to make sure I do it right. Do I love the holidays? Hell yeah! If people think it's so easy I just ask them if they ever considered going into teaching- it's their choice, just as it is mine!
Apologies for slight rant but hopefully you get my drift! I'm nice really!

williaminajetfighter Mon 18-Feb-13 21:32:56

Marketing /comms manager- 48k. Took a 5k pay cut from last job so feels like less. 20 years exp.

As most of classmates from biz school are in finance/banking/consulting I feel properly poor (and unsuccessful) in comparison!! hmm

HugAndRoll Mon 18-Feb-13 21:33:41

I'm a legal assistant (paralegal) 32hrs per week for just under £16k a year gross. I've worked for my (huge and global) firm for 7 years but have had a lot of pay freezes.

When ds2 goes to school and our childcare bill isn't so high I am going to retrain as a nurse. I want a job that is worthwhile and will help people, the opposite of my current job.

williaminajetfighter Mon 18-Feb-13 21:34:32

Am surprised how many on this thread work long hours. It almost seems unusual to have a 9 to 5 job that is really 9 to 5 only.

Maybe local authority or HE admin?

Morloth Mon 18-Feb-13 21:37:50

I dont think I have ever worked 9-5.

Right now I leave the office at 5pm, but I am there at 7am and am availavle on phone/email pretty much all the time.

Never had a job where you turn up at 9am and leave at 5pm and that's it.

SW1XMother Mon 18-Feb-13 21:37:56


I work in Finance.

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 21:38:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

williaminajetfighter Mon 18-Feb-13 21:39:19

Morloth most people I know working ft spend all their out of hours time staring at work messages on their iPhone!

oneofthosedays Mon 18-Feb-13 21:39:57

I work 25 hours a week in a call centre for local authority housing and earn just under £13k actual, bring home £900 pm after deductions. Job's ok, pays well I think for the area I live. Dh also works for local authority f/t and brings home £1100 pm. No job security at the moment, constant rounds of redundancy/consultation and no pay rises for the last 3 yrs or so but hey ho...

maddening Mon 18-Feb-13 21:40:49

I was a strategy analyst on 25k full time - am applying for risk analyst job at mo for 23k fingers crossed after a year off with ds (redundancy money runners out - I have the FEAR)

MissAnnersley Mon 18-Feb-13 21:41:26

The salary scale for NQTs is set nationally not locally. Therefore an NQT in Fife will earn the same as an NQT in Aberdeen. If you don't believe me, check out the information on the EIS web site.

KirstyoffEastenders Mon 18-Feb-13 21:41:54

Part time in the Queen Vic, should be about £6 per hour but with London weighting and home-wrecking bonus I take home about £500 per week

Marketing, £75k

Very good kirsty grin

VengefulCrumpet Mon 18-Feb-13 21:44:35

Before I had DC I was a solicitor on £60k + bonus. Now I'm a mum and I earn zip!

Fran53 Mon 18-Feb-13 21:44:39

I'm a GP partner working 4 days a week which is officially 40 hours but unofficially at least 48+ hours with no lunch break as it is impossible to manage the workload in the routine 10 hour day. So effectively full time. I earn about £68k gross. This is in Scotland rather than England where practice income apparently is higher. I think it is ok pay but do get a bit perplexed at the figures the papers produce as seem quite far removed from the reality I see!

TheChaoGoesMu Mon 18-Feb-13 21:45:48

Senior social worker. Freelance. £34 per hour.

greenplastictrees Mon 18-Feb-13 21:46:35

I agree on the whole hardly anyone working 9-5 thing. I certainly don't. My official hours a 9-5. Always in early or stay late, sometimes both. I also rarely take an hours lunch break and when I'm not in work I am checking emails every so often. But I don't mind that. I get paid well and I'd rather have that money and do the extra hours to be honest.

Andcake Mon 18-Feb-13 21:47:40

65k for 4 days a week would be 80k if full time- marketing strategy. 18+ years experience and a post grad qualification- feel v lucky as I love my job too! 9-6 with a bit of outside hours reading but ave rules about checking email on day off.

Darmont Mon 18-Feb-13 21:48:12

Architect (newly qualified in 1998) 15k. Such a joke I left!
Estate agent in central london for a while. 14k + approx 10k in commission (2002ish)

whois Mon 18-Feb-13 21:48:38

Morloth most people I know working ft spend all their out of hours time staring at work messages on their iPhone!

Plenty of time spent in my job waiting for a mahosive model to open, quick check of phone. Waiting for a huge report to print out. Check phone. Waiting for a report to comvert to PDF. Eat lunch at desk, quick check of phone and take 10 mins to sort out a bill or some kind of life admin.

My working hours are so unpredictable. Some weeks I leave every day at 7, then I'll have a bad run and be in the office until 1 or 2 am for several days/weeks. And I have v little control over my workload so I can't plan for an easy day.

FergusSingsTheBlues Mon 18-Feb-13 21:49:06

Previously 80k. Now nothing.
Guess which makes me happier?

GeorginaWorsley Mon 18-Feb-13 21:49:16

must admit fran most GP partners of my aquaintance in our area who work full time earn twice that.

Jossysgiants Mon 18-Feb-13 21:49:23

I work in sales and earn 40k basic for a four day week and about 8k on top in commission. I am the least well remunerated in the team because I am a woman part time.

williaminajetfighter Mon 18-Feb-13 21:50:07

Whois... Sounds like my life!!

Fairyliz Mon 18-Feb-13 21:50:52

School Business Manager - primary school
£18,000 working about 40 hours per week term time plus about three weeks in the hols.

williaminajetfighter Mon 18-Feb-13 21:52:14

When I see everyone's salaries and the long hours that people put in,I feel increasingly cross about my 45k/year staff member who takes full lunch, break and refuses to ever stay late or work from home. Shame!

SorrelForbes Mon 18-Feb-13 21:52:21

When I'm working on a contract I usually do 12-14 hour days. I'd rather work in short, intensive bursts over three days than 9-5 over 5 days.

Kittymitty Mon 18-Feb-13 21:53:34

Structural Engineer circa £65k with a bonus

amothersplaceisinthewrong Mon 18-Feb-13 21:54:27

£32K for a 28 hour week 6 weeks holiday.

JollyRedGiant Mon 18-Feb-13 21:55:08

For comparison, here are what politicians earn. Or the best info I can find on what they earn.

MEP: £82,431
MP: £65,738
MSP: £57,520
Welsh AM: £53,852
Welsh Councillor: £13,175
Scottish Councillor: £16,234
English Councillors: Appear to receive allowances only, which come to between £2000 and £20,000.

Follyfoot Mon 18-Feb-13 21:56:59

Page 13 of this shows the salaries of doctors in training.

Morloth Mon 18-Feb-13 21:58:15

Doesn't bother me to use the phone for work.

It is tuesday morning here, I am sitting on my deck planning the meals/shopping for the rest of the week while having a coffee. DS2 is bouncing on the trampoline. I am MNting and have my work email open as well, have answered a couple.

Will keep an eye on it periodically throughout the day.

I like technology and doing multiple things at once so I dont find it onerous.

Mostly I like getting paid a lot.

Fran53 Mon 18-Feb-13 21:58:22

Georgina - hmmm am a little green at that... maybe I could move, but when it comes down to that choice I am so happy where I live now that I don't want tosmile which makes me feel fine about what I have at this point in time!

Arisbottle Mon 18-Feb-13 21:59:06

williaminajetfighter but if he/ she is entitled to the breaks why not take them? People should not have to take work home. I am all for maximum pay for minimum effort myself.

Fran53 Mon 18-Feb-13 22:00:03

And Georgina, what area is that?! smile

Morloth Mon 18-Feb-13 22:03:41

God yes, I take breaks when and as I need them.

I get the job done, am bloody good at it to be honest so if I am going for lunch and decide to take a bit extra here and there thats the way it is, I dont take the piss but neither am I a slave.

That is the way we manage our team as well. I have an excellent team everyone is quite extraordinary. We get the job done and we take the perks that come feom that.

iwantanafternoonnap Mon 18-Feb-13 22:05:52

Nurse in A and E 34.5 hours a week 23 of which are nights and I get £25,000 ish. Not enough if you ask me for the abuse and poor management of the NHS I have to put up with or the smells! wink

louwn Mon 18-Feb-13 22:06:47

2 and a bit years post qualified ACA, manager in tax department of a big 4 firm in the north, just under 45k.

Undertone Mon 18-Feb-13 22:08:50

Junior Account Director in a small advertising/marketing agency. 32k gross, graduated in 2006 so 6 years in. Supposedly 9-5:30 hours mon-fri, but ever since Christmas it has been rare to leave before 7:30pm. Can't afford to turn work away. We live very hand to mouth, it's very stressful, and we've just taken on a load of youngsters to try and ease the strain but they're all so inexperienced it's turning my hair grey. I'm only a babby myself!! How the F did i end up managing a team and everyone looking to me for answers?

People of my position and seniority in larger agencies seem to be on 40k+. Such a volatile job market in this sector i am scared to move.

ReindeerBollocks Mon 18-Feb-13 22:09:53

I earn the £58pw pittance that is carers allowance.

On the plus side DH's new venture has been succesful and will provide an income of roughly 100k within the next year, if things continue as they are.

MrsHoolie Mon 18-Feb-13 22:11:41

I'm a musician,I work for an orchestra and I earn 35k before tax.

Obviously many many years training and way too many musicians for contracted positions available. We will get 200 applications at least per job. And it takes about two years to fill that position.

coraltoes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:14:30

City job, salary 80k, bonus = multiples of salary...naturally varies from yr to yr. Nice job, highly pressured in the office, but offers child friendly hours and a good balance between home and work. Does not hold working mothers (or fathers) back, but actively seeks to facilitate career progression for them bearing in mind familial needs.

GeorginaWorsley Mon 18-Feb-13 22:16:44

Fran Leafy Cheshire grin

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 22:22:17

Thank you all for the responses!

juneybean Mon 18-Feb-13 22:22:52

£22k for a nursery nurse, around here you'd earn £10k less

FunnysInLaJardin Mon 18-Feb-13 22:24:37

solicitor turned comm prop manager - £45k. The same as it was 10 years ago. That's FT

ErikNorseman Mon 18-Feb-13 22:24:39

I'm a student social worker, used to be a social work resource officer and earnt £28k, when I qualify I could start on £25k confused as I left at the top of the scale and would start at the bottom. Doing post qualifying training would bump me up to £29k within a year or so though if I do it. Social work is hard work and not well paid - much like most caring professions really.

goingupinfumes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:25:34

Coraltoes ca I have your job! Can I ask -what does "working in the city" or "city job" involve is it all financial services?

VinegarDrinker Mon 18-Feb-13 22:26:38

I'm another (hospital) doctor, 6 yrs post graduation. I earn about 40k for officially a 37 hr week (4 days, one night shift most weeks, plus 1:4 weekends) but as others will know it never works out like that! I am at least 10 years+ (and a few big exams) away from being a Consultant.

The speciality you work in, plus intensity of the job, % of nights/weekends all affects your pay as a hospital Dr. The pay scales are all public though - Google Doctors Pay Scales 2012/13. I started on 21k post graduation IIRC but that was a few years ago.

I agree that many of my midwife and nursing friends earn as much if not more -.especially if they do bank shifts.

VinegarDrinker Mon 18-Feb-13 22:29:55

How could I forget to mention, I still owe the SLC 35K and 7k to the bank in Career Development Loans (to pay my way through med school) so £700 pm goes straight out in repayments (just in case anyone is number crunching with the plan of retraining smile )

FunnysInLaJardin Mon 18-Feb-13 22:31:37

oh and used to earn £60k PT/£90k Ft before the recession angry grin

ChestyLeRoux Mon 18-Feb-13 22:33:25

Nursery nurse 6.19 but soon I am starting a management position and am getting 6.70

Chottie Mon 18-Feb-13 22:35:30

Official hours are 9-5, but never take a lunch hour and am always at my desk by 8.30 am, with one late night per week to 10.00 pm. Work for an LA GBP 39

WhatsTheBuzz Mon 18-Feb-13 22:36:24

ugh my job is rubbish compared to loads of these - on nmw sad. And a bit of volunteer work.

BlackholesAndRevelations Mon 18-Feb-13 22:36:25

Haven't read whole thread but I'm the same as schooldidi (post threshold teacher, £34k) and feel like a complete fraud when there are doctors earning less. I so need to quit and be a SAHM.

Retail c17k, I am also studying for a degree that I hope to teach with.

HappyGirlNow Mon 18-Feb-13 22:41:20

IT Manager, £42k plus bonus and final salary pension..

coraltoes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:44:38

Going up,
I view "city job" as banking, trading (not only investment banks do it) and yeah financial services too I guess. I'm in the 2nd of those. DH is a trader (I'm in mgmt in trading so don't actually trade) and he works longer hours than i do with bigger stress, but then he earns based on what profit he makes. Crucially he sees dd everyday, and whilst headhunters may call he will not trade roles and risk jeopardising his hours with her. Hard in the city to find managers happy to let you have a life outside of their team!! We have been unbelievably lucky in that respect.

mummyplum1 Mon 18-Feb-13 22:45:25

Another doctor here. I earn around £30 as a part time GP (Salaried not Partner).
The media portray all doctors as being very high earning but the reality is very different. The basic starting salary of a doctor is actually very similar to that of a nurse or a teacher.

GP Partners can earn very well (£100k plus) but they do have a huge amount of responsibility on top of their clinical work which patients are completely unaware of. Some Consultants earn very well if they do a significant amount of private work. This would usually be in addition the their NHS work. Personally, I think the starting salary of an NHS Consultant is low considering the number of years of training and degree of responsibility, although it does vary from specialty to specialty. The person operating on your brain or heart has to have a huge amount of knowledge and technical skill and should be paid accordingly.

coraltoes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:46:39

Fwiw I ended up in this job by accident, drifted around the city a bit and found my "fit". I had no idea what any of this was before I joined.

balroymum Mon 18-Feb-13 22:48:42

Blackholes- why? Surely you work hard enough for your salary?! Do you not enjoy teaching? If not, fair enough, do the SAHM thing but don't be guilted out of your career! X

Cannierelax Mon 18-Feb-13 22:49:33

Juneybean.... Around where exactly?!!

Coconutty Mon 18-Feb-13 22:49:58

Doctors get shit money, I never knew that! I thought it was 70K basic + loads of extra bits.

£30K is disgraceful. Why do people do it? All that studying and then terrible hours and responsibility.

ChestyLeRoux Mon 18-Feb-13 22:50:12

Teachers do deserve their salary,but I think nursery nurses salaries should be raised to teachers wages.

LiegeAndLief Mon 18-Feb-13 22:51:28

Scientist with BSc only (no PhD) and 12 years experience, would be about 30,000 if full time, maybe a couple of grand more. I work for a small biotech company.

Would be on more money and more senior position if it wasn't for the 2 dc, but they were worth it!

balroymum Mon 18-Feb-13 22:51:37

Woops! Unintentional kiss! Meant to add smiley face- not very technical!

coraltoes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:53:30

It is a disgrace what medical staff earn...from doctors to nurses, to midwives, to jeez who else?! Should be SO much more. They save lives ffs and keep us on our feet. Nd work so chuffing hard...a true calling

balroymum Mon 18-Feb-13 22:58:03

Chesty- I agree, kind of. Nursery nurses look after the most important people in our lives and deserve a much better salary than they get now. However, (awaits flaming) they are not required to be educated to degree standard and do not have the same demands during after work hours in terms of marking and preparation.

sausagesandwich34 Mon 18-Feb-13 22:58:09

I'm a retail manager and I earn 27k

Bosgrove Mon 18-Feb-13 22:59:53

Also had City Job (Back office role a in Bank), was on approx £45K plus bonus, horrid hours, hardly ever saw kids. Therefore now SAHM of 3 DC on £0

FergusSingsTheBlues Mon 18-Feb-13 23:00:14

Coraltoes, im ex city too. Earned same as you, but did not find it particularly family friendly, which was why I had to ditch it. We were juggling our on as though he were an inconvenience and it was too upsetting. Can I just ask what area you work? Id udeally lije to go back at aome stage. Just not ibanking.

FergusSingsTheBlues Mon 18-Feb-13 23:00:55

ideally like to go back at some stage

mummyplum1 Mon 18-Feb-13 23:01:58

It's interesting to that people are shocked at how little doctors earn. I find it irritating in real life when people assume that we are very well off because of what they have read in the tabloids. It's all government propaganda in order to gain public support to beat GPs and other doctors with a stick.

Don't get me wrong, Medicine can be extremely rewarding but if I had wanted to earn a huge salary, I would have done a totally different degree.

RedButton Mon 18-Feb-13 23:02:07

Scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, £26k.

ChestyLeRoux Mon 18-Feb-13 23:05:43

Balroy - have a 2.1 BA Early Years Care and Education,as a lot of nursery staff do nowadays.Many have post graduate qualifications such as the Early Years Professional Status.However even with thoa qualifications and being the assistant manager/manager of a nursery in a very deprived area with lots of social services most staff only get 6.70 to 7.50 an hour.

All staff have to do Learning Journeys at home, and take home resources to make.Wevhave to do comprehensive plans,show each childs development etc.

Additionally we have ome in and do anything else the nursery needs unpaid such as courses,training,meetings,sorting out the buildinh on a saturday etc and they only get 6.19 an hour for it.

ChestyLeRoux Mon 18-Feb-13 23:08:13

Also balroy Elizabeth Truss stated with english,maths,science gcse,a degree and a post graduate qualification that nursery staff will reach the dizzy heights of 16k hmm

coraltoes Mon 18-Feb-13 23:08:30

Fergus, think would out me so will just say it is s trading firm but not an ibank. Sorry to be vague. Slowly I do think some larger firms are waking up to the need to retain talented women (some of whom are also mothers!) and figuring out how best to manage this. We're you a trader or more of a hmm financial roe (iykwim) which might exist in a large multinational firm aswell as banking? I find they can be the most fwd thinking as profit streams are more diverse and not just trading based.

salvadory Mon 18-Feb-13 23:10:50

Doctors don't get poor money and you'd be hard pushed to find one who worked full time who got £30k. Maybe on paper their basic wage would start at that but they get paid a lot of additional money for working unsociable hours, I know a good few GPs who work 3.5 day weeks (7 sessions) and get paid at least 60k. When you consider that doctors can become GPs in their late 20's I don't think that's too bad a deal.
Those partnered GPs will be earning way in excess of this amount with bonus payments for surgery uptake of vaccines and monitoring and recording of measurables such as blood pressure.
Whilst its true that hospital doctors earn less even as consultants, once they are a consultant the opportunity to make lots of money increases massively, from private practice to paid speaker engagements, I'd be very surprised if they too don't bring home at least 100k.
They've trained hard, I think they deserve it (well maybe not so much the GPs), but I do hate it when they try and make you feel they're not well paid for the job they do.
Unless you're in banking or another city job the most people aren't on the best wage 6 years post qualification.
I'm more outraged at how low the carer's allowance is tbh, £58/week sounds a whole lot worse than 30k for 3 days.
Remember that doctors chose to do the job and they're bright enough to realise all the benefits that profession entails (I'd love to have been a doctor fwiw) and that includes more than the financial benefits, job satisfaction and a career that travels well and lasts until retirement.

tametortie Mon 18-Feb-13 23:11:06

I am a registered pharmacy technician and earn around 27,000 a year.

ThePlEWhoLovedMe Mon 18-Feb-13 23:15:43

Social Worker - 42K (South East) Love my job.

FergusSingsTheBlues Mon 18-Feb-13 23:15:48

Coraltoes, im in equity research. Loved job, too much with kids. Wish there was more pt, freelance, homeworking possible, but just dont see how that would work with this environment.

balroymum Mon 18-Feb-13 23:16:07

Hi Chest. Didn't mean to start a bun fight as like I said, I do think that nursery nurses are underpaid. However, unlike teaching, you do not have to hold a degree to do the job IYSWIM. I stand corrected on the 'home work' issue I think, although I do chat to my DD's nursery nurses quite a bit about how they're enjoying their careers (I used to teach them, so not as wierd as it sounds!) and they're certainly not taking work home with them. I guess it is different though at management level. Anyway, like many other posters have said- good job we're not in it for the money! Hope you enjoy your career too.

scarlettsmummy2 Mon 18-Feb-13 23:16:16

28k, set up work placements for the long term unemployed. I really enjoy it and it's really family friendly.

FT nurse, 37.5 hours a week, never finish on time, far too many lates, nights and weekends to bear thinking about, plus a few extra shifts each month, around 25k. Would love to go PT but can't afford to yet.
Today I didn't drink a drop of water for 5 hours and finally managed to get lunch 7 hours into my 13 hour shift.
No-one nurses for the money hmm

GoSuckEggs Mon 18-Feb-13 23:19:39

CTO of an IT company £130K,plus 25% bonus, Petrol card, car allowance.

Morloth Mon 18-Feb-13 23:20:05

I could never do a job where people's lives/well being were my responsibility.

If I fuck up people are annoyed and there is extra paperwork.

People with more responsibility should be paid more, they won't be though as many of those jobs attract people who do it because they want to/have a calling.

Is a bit of a catch 22.

goingupinfumes Mon 18-Feb-13 23:22:36

coraltoes thanks it's great to know that the big firms are realising the potential of women in the workplace. Sounds like you have a great balance.

goingupinfumes Mon 18-Feb-13 23:23:12

that should say the potential of keeping women in the workplace!

ChestyLeRoux Mon 18-Feb-13 23:23:30

Balroy -Sorry I was talking about the new Early Years Teacher role thay is being brought in by the government.Nursery staff will need a postgraduate qualification and they will only earn 16k.

Also all nursery staff I have ever met have to take work hlme such as Learning Journeys otherwise how would they get completed? Always thought that was standard practice as well as attending any training,courses or meetings for no additonal pay.Its wrote in to a lot of nursery nurses contracts.

I do agree that nursery nurses should be paid more, but they're not on a par with teachers workload wise.

I have BA Primary Education QTS and EYFS was myN specialism, and there is quite a difference.
I was advised in the beginning by other teachers to stick with KS1 or foundation stage whilst I had small children because the workload is easier the younger the children you teach.
Observations on 2-4 year olds are a lot easier and less time consuming than say marking year 6 comprehension or writing assessments.
I imagine it kind of boils down to the individual too - I've got friends who find teaching older children much easier than the younger ones.

From my experience, nursery days are much easier to handle too being split into the 2 sessions.
There is a lot of paperwork though - more than people think I agree.

I think nursery nurses deserve more than £6 odd pound an hour

erowid Mon 18-Feb-13 23:26:15

Retail part time so just under £6k a year, DH earns about the same.

ChestyLeRoux Mon 18-Feb-13 23:28:13

Sleepingsatellite- Yes split in to two sessions would be very easy but most nursery staff do 8-6 for 51 weeks of year.

juneybean Mon 18-Feb-13 23:28:21

Well a few nursery nurses have replied to this thread saying they're on minimum wage of £6.19 for a 40 hour week, that works out at £12.8k

ChestyLeRoux Mon 18-Feb-13 23:29:49

Also between my childs reception class and what our nursery does there isnt really that much difference except about a third of the pay.

balroymum Mon 18-Feb-13 23:31:58

Ah! I guess Early Years 'Teacher' posts should attract a teacher's payscale then. Fair enough. Gov' obviously doesn't think so- what do they know eh?!

Tortington Mon 18-Feb-13 23:32:08


i only earn 65 k but i make a fucking fortune in expenses - around 200k - i get a house in london, all my travel paid for and everything - i even get my lunch paid for.

when ive finished with this shit, im going to use the connections i made whilst i was having that free lunch - and get paid hundreds of thousands as a consultant


Jynxed Mon 18-Feb-13 23:37:41

Construction project manager, working in a particular specialised field. MSc as well as project management qualifications. 32k for a 4 day week (but they are very long days!). Will also be phoned or emailed on the days I am not in. Not good money, and a very misogynistic world. Incredibly interesting and rewarding on the other hand.

Chesty - I am thinking of school nurseries I have been in, these are the only ones I have experience of so can't speak for the others - I do think they deserve more pay though.

Re; reception classes - yes it is kind of similar! Slightly heavier workload but not by miles. That's why I was always advised to stick with KS1/foundation stage until DC's are older I guess!

PlentyOfFreeTime Mon 18-Feb-13 23:40:23

£20K for doing absolutely nothing - bliss! <pensioner>

balroymum Mon 18-Feb-13 23:41:34

Good post sleeping. Just want to say again, yes, nursery staff are underpaid. I do agree with your point about workload though. I teach in a secondary school and have an extra 110 minutes of non-contact time a fortnight to run an English Dept. Not complaining as I really do love my job but just trying to explain how my workload after school is so huge. I think you're right- it is much more time consuming marking older kids' work. I marked my Year 10 practice essays this weekend, all with summative comments and individual targets for improvement. 30 kids. 3-4 sides of A4 each. I am not alone! Please don't read this as an 'I'm the only one who works hard' post.

ChestyLeRoux Mon 18-Feb-13 23:42:45

Sleepingsatellite- School nurseries are very easy compared to a lot of normal nurseries,but you get very good pay for it.If you have a government job though they usually pay very high wages.

Plus3 Mon 18-Feb-13 23:45:11

I used to work with a consultant who bemoaned her wage .... Swore she would go into banking if she had her time again. Registrars wil regularly tell you how badly they are paid (and always fail to add on their overtime & locum money...)

most regs that I work with take home around £70k. Which I don't begrudge them - the level of responsibility in our field is beyond huge. But we don't do it for the money! Interestingly though, intensive care is becoming harder to recruit medics into - GP is seen as a much better lifestyle choice.

My cousins wife works in a private nursery. She JUST managed to get New Years Day off!! I totally understand that point of view too, really wasn't thinking about private nurseries when I mentioned them.
Plus babies must actually be harder! A lot more responsibility I would imagine?

Ahhhh.....I don't envy you working in a secondary school!
I think you have to put in a lot more too, teenagers need more from their teachers (out of school) than primary aged kids, if you know what I mean? More hormonal issues, home issues, peer issues - I think these are stronger in teenagers and a lot of pupils will turn to their teachers. My sister is in year 12, the amount of hours her teachers put in OUTSIDE of school is massive - productions, revision classes, homework help, just need a chat.........

M0naLisa Mon 18-Feb-13 23:59:29

SAHM £0.

Sarahplane Tue 19-Feb-13 00:04:31

dashoflime do you mind if I ask how you got into welfare rights? I work in a related job and it's something I would love to get into but have been trying to figure out how. what qualifications/experience do you need?

happyAvocado Tue 19-Feb-13 00:04:45

I work for a software company as an Engineer in Operations looking after our servers (sounds quite geeky). I am earning 44K but I hope my salary will go up as I just joined new team and am learning very interesting stuff (we in IT call it bleeding edge) which should eventually get me salary 30-50% more than now in the next 2-3 years.

I am extremely happy that I can be doing this in my mid 40's - changing career and be paid to be taught and trainedsmile

I work 7-4, will do on call for extra pay (no idea how this will work out but would be nice to have extra money coming in), hope to work 2-3 days/week from home soon.

I joined IT 11 years ago, 2 years break, so 9 years experience with 2 kids - I was never pushing to be moving up v.quickly as I value my time with them greatly.

I took a gamble 2 years into my job to join very male dominated area and again 4 years later - not to become Team Leader but stay technical and hands-on. I loe my job, no 2 days are the same, very challenging and does wonders for my memory as I always have to learn new stuff.

Just to settle the Enland/Wales v Scotland teachers' starting salary discussion ...
An NQT in England is equivalent to a Probationer in Scotland... the salaries are very similar.

England and Wales

Sarahplane Tue 19-Feb-13 00:23:41

Housing benefit and council tax adviser. I would be on £17.5k per year if I was still full time.

Love this thread. It's fascinating. I'm just about to graduate as a biomedical scientist and will expect to earn 21k starting salary.

Arisbottle Tue 19-Feb-13 00:41:03

Primary teachers on here seem to work much harder than me and much harder than I would ever do.

Work within the health service 45K and doing a job I love so money not important. Helping my clients (that is what we have to call people now, heaven help us) is so rewarding.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 19-Feb-13 00:51:43

response police officer - so dangerous and rather shit job if im honest. stressful and anxiety ridden, dangerous as never seems to be enough of us to back up at violent jobs, crappy shift pattern and a 54 - 58 hour working week. no overtime.

starting salary 19k per year as of this year and thanks to Dave the guvnor

i started on about 22k - i am fully qualified now, 2 1/2 years in and on about £26k a year - but i lose nearly 4k on travel costs, lose another £210 on pension per month and take home about the same as DH who is a baker on 22k.

not sodding worth it.
looking for something else less dangerous and less stressful and with no wappy shifts and where i dont face people wielding blades at me at least twice a week.

cornycourvoisier Tue 19-Feb-13 00:54:53

teacher p/t but f/t would be approx £41k

manicinsomniac Tue 19-Feb-13 00:57:25

Boarding School Teacher, about £31,000

Think I probably do only average a 9-5 working day actually, or even less. 60-70 hours a week in termtime but only about 10 hours a week in holidays.

Work in a call centre. F/t on any and all shifts between 8-8 Mon-Fri and every other Saturday.

Basic rate £20910 but hopefully will take home an additional £2k in bonuses. Have just had notification of my pay rise and was very disappointed.

This was not what I was expecting to be earning 7 years after graduation!

rockinhippy Tue 19-Feb-13 01:16:43

In a previous incarnation - Design & Technical Director (fashion), basically head designer, pattern cutter, coster, QC, staff manager & general dogs body) - 52k plus bonuses - weekends off, but 12 hour days were the norm & you have to live & breathe fashion, fabric & all that goes with it & weekends off don't really happen.

These days, its hard to put a figure on it, but not much - DH is now the main bread winner, (we swapped) I now make & sell according to what my health & DDs health allows me time to & I face paint in the summer - I enjoy it a lot more & feel I am back to my craft roots & I actually have a life again smile - wealth doesn't always come with $$££ signs ;)

gregorisnotmyname Tue 19-Feb-13 01:25:33

Screenwriter, director, producer with other bits and bobs. I earn 6 figures in a good year but there's no job security, erratic hours and an unhealthy lifestyle.

rockinhippy Tue 19-Feb-13 01:31:03

Got to say, I am quite shocked at some of these, very interesting thread...

PimpMyHippo Tue 19-Feb-13 01:34:04

Trainee veterinary nurse - minimum wage, part time. I take all the extra hours I can get, but I still don't think I'd reach 9k in a year. And this is why I still live with my parents... hmm When I'm a qualified veterinary nurse, I would be very happy to find a full time job earning around 22k.

Arcadia Tue 19-Feb-13 01:52:13

family solicitor for medium sized non-London law firm. £32k pro rata, £19.5k for three day week 9 - 5.30 but am basically on call on my days off and have to deal with emails from clients all week round and at weekends. Job can be stressful (pressure of court hearings and deadlines, distressed clients and big focus on financial and time targets) but I love the work. Retrained in law when I was 31 (now 38 ) and am 3 years qualified now but was off for a year after I qualified with DD who is 3. am quite happy with my salary but have discovered that the newly qualifieds in our firm usually start on £34k but when I joined at 1.5 years post-qual I didn't know that and didn't ask for as much as I should have! Need to request a pay rise but didn't meet my targets last year...

cupcakelover1983 Tue 19-Feb-13 02:01:41

Teacher - head of department working under faculty head (who deals with staffing etc). £39K.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Tue 19-Feb-13 02:30:16

Program/ grants manager for a private charitable foundation which focuses on expansion capital. I earn £35k for a 20 hr week which is a good deal as its really interesting and very unstressful. Unfortunately it's one of those random jobs that are very very hard to get into, because there arent many private foundations and it requires an unusual skill set of investment and charity experience. If you want to do it you basically have to do lots of management level volunteering whilst holding down your investment job. That was the hard bit. Some people go into it via CSR.

NHS nurse, £250,000 p/a, a company BMW and a platinum plated pension - retiring at 35. grin

cafecito Tue 19-Feb-13 04:05:43

I was on 54k + bonus as a paralegal/lawyer/trainee (which, with hindsight, was blardy good for a 20something nobody) - quit my job (at a stupid time, before a very generous christmas bonus) now earn nothing whatsoever as a student (medicine)- nobody should be a doctor for the money, I know anaesthetists on 29k. I had to accept my decision was not a financial one I could have made partner at my firm and been on crazy silly money. I won't make anything unless I become consultant ,in another 10 years plus

Isitjustmethen Tue 19-Feb-13 05:21:11

Interesting thread

I'm a Management Accountant and on£40k plus bonus for full time, but I currently do 3 days a week so £24k.

I did earn more pre DC but this job is very flexible, not particularly stressful and I rarely have to work outside my hours of 9-6. It can be a little dull but overall I think I am very lucky.

Kafri Tue 19-Feb-13 05:30:37

HLTA in an independent school for kids with SN and challenging behaviour. 14k. 37.5h/w. school hols off but invariably spend time in school unpaid.

do my job because I love it, ill never make my millions doing itgrin

MrsLion Tue 19-Feb-13 05:54:40

I don't live in the uk but by current exchange rate I earn about £45k pa - if I make my bonus I'll get an extra £5-8k.

I am a Senior Brand Manager.

smupcakes Tue 19-Feb-13 06:04:33

I'm a youth worker - not in UK but works out to £47K

Timetoask Tue 19-Feb-13 06:28:13

I am surprised at how low salaries are! I am a sahm now, when I left my permanent job in IT in 2005 I was earning £38,000 (took time off then earned daily as a consultant, about £400 a day).
It seems that salaries have not kept up with the times! It's no wonder people are struggling.

FadBook Tue 19-Feb-13 06:36:02

Human Resources (HR) Manager. Currently part time, would be on 30k if full time. I've been in HR 9 years worked up from intern level on less than NMW.

Need the post grad CIPD qualification to work your way up the ladder, which was 2-4 years part time study around work, costing anything from 5k at a Uni to 15k completing remotely with a private firm. I will at some point top up with a Masters (another 2k for 16 months work)

Hours are ok, you manage your own time. I've watched HR people "look" busy but if you dig deeper, they're not organised enough and / or spend too much time deciding or having meetings about meetings instead of taking some accountability and making a decision.

As a HR Consultant, which is kind of what I do now (started business last year) I would charge around £25-40 per hour depending on case/project. As the business is in infancy, I'm doing freebies/networking helping on MN I secured this lesser paid part time employed job to keep me in the market (after having dd) and work out if a standalone HR role is what I like/want to do. If I went back full time now, I could earn around 37k. The hours and flexibility mean loads at the min, so earning less than I'm worth iyswim but there isn't many part time roles that come up.

LST Tue 19-Feb-13 07:07:16

I work FT 40hrs. I get £16,600 per annum. Dp gets about £9k stacking shelves...

BigRubberPlant Tue 19-Feb-13 07:37:11

Getorf I don't think I have ever seen anyone on here mention procurement before. Congrats on new role.

I am a senior category manager in procurement <watches tumbleweeds blow about>
I do 29 hours a week and get paid £43k for it. The work is incredibly dull and I do not enjoy it one bit- tht horrible Sunday night feeling every evening-but I value my job massively because I think I am quite good at it, the pay is fab for the hours and minimal responsibility and my employers are very flexible (as am I in coming in at odd hours /travelling if they news me to etc.

Head of procurement is much more exciting I think, the strategy and business management stuff is what I really enjoy doing but I neither have the time nor the support from my boss to progress (last three appraisals have said "bigrubberplant had said shed really love to move up but she knows that being part time means she won't be c

BigRubberPlant Tue 19-Feb-13 07:37:57

considered for a promotion.

Sorry for trigger finger!

'I'm surprised this hasn't lured marriedinwhite out of her exile.'

Where has marriedinwhite gone? I missed that.

GetOrf Tue 19-Feb-13 08:17:52

I can't believe someone called me a pimp because I work in procuremnet grin

Bigrubber it's one of those funny type of roles isn't it. People don't really know what you do - my daughter thinks my job is like chandler's from friends. And because I work in outsourcing and consolidation it's not as if I 'buy' stuff.

I think it's a strange profession - I fell into it, like many people. Started as an engineer, then moved into project management and just ended up running a massive procurement project, had a knack for the commercials and ended up staying in procurement. Which is good because frankly I wasn't the best engineer in the world, I would have never progressed far.

Procurement salaries are pretty good as well. Shamefully so sometimes.

I am looking forward to getting stuck into my new role - the procurement function is very basic and like something from the 90s - they still have paper requisitions! So lots of low hanging fruit.

It's very short sighted of your work to not progress you because you work pt - it's the kind of job which has the flexibility to accomodate pt working imo.

I am staying where I am I think for a while - I am very tempted to look into publci sector contracting. They can earn an absolute fortune (upwards of a grand a day). I like being salaried though.

PavlovtheCat Tue 19-Feb-13 08:21:45

YANBU to ask. But I won't tell you grin

mumstonic Tue 19-Feb-13 08:24:48

I'm really quite surprised at some of the salaries on here for highly skilled jobs, particularly those in medicine or education?

I work a 40 hour week, with some international travel in a strategy role. I previously earned £80K + bonus as a management consultant, but left 6 years ago to take a less stressful job closer to home. Truth is, its still stressful, I travel too much and I hate my boss. I now earn £45k with a decent pension BUT this year I'm going to look for a new job! smile

Theicingontop Tue 19-Feb-13 08:26:32

SAHM - £0.

I make some money making novelty cakes, but it's not much and the work can be patchy.

weegiemum Tue 19-Feb-13 08:29:02

Im a basic skills tutor for young mums who are neets.

It's voluntary, I work for a very cash-strapped charity but as dh is a GP on a very good wage, we can afford for me to work for free.

I do this on the back of me being a secondary teacher, and I tutor for exams too. £25/hr, but it's worth it, everyone I've ever tutored has got an a or b.

weegiemum Tue 19-Feb-13 08:40:25

Find it odd that someone upthread said GP is a good lifestyle choice. My dh is one. It's a bit better now they don't do their own on-call all the time, but we had over 5 years of him working 1:2 or 1:3. Even now his typical day is 8-8, rarely home to see our dc into bed, overnight twice a week (just to catch up with paperwork, one night also on-call, also 1:5 weekends as he's in a rural area.). Yes, the money is good, but the hits we take on family time etc are noticeable. He's been slowly retraining in theology and hopes to be able to go PT in order to write. But as I'm disabled and can't hold down a ft job, we do rely on his income.

Jellibotti Tue 19-Feb-13 08:41:40

First job in 1996 - 18k
Last full time job-125k + bonus
Went to 3 day week - 75k

Then moved because of my husband's job, lost my fabulous part time role and am a grumpy, reluctant, frustrated full time mother.

DreamsToGo Tue 19-Feb-13 08:43:50

I'm a risk consultant -FT salary is 140k + 45% bonus if I reach targets.

But I work part time and so take home a % of that.

VinegarDrinker Tue 19-Feb-13 08:47:46

weegie I think that perception is due to the large % of GPs who don't do any nights/weekends. Obviously some GPs like your DH do.

Startail Tue 19-Feb-13 08:48:14

SAHM £0.00 grin

sheeplikessleep Tue 19-Feb-13 08:48:27

Earn £45k for 3 days a week.
Freelance market researcher, self employed, so it could all stop in an instant if work dries up.

SomeBear Tue 19-Feb-13 08:58:10

£22k for 36 hours, fairly meaningless job in a warehouse. The only plus to the extremely antisocial (think "nobody-in-their-right-minds-would-want-to-work-that-shift") is DH & I can both work full-time and not worry about childcare. Time for a radical career change this year though.

Saski Tue 19-Feb-13 09:00:36

weegiemum, what a great charity.

Overreactionoftheweek Tue 19-Feb-13 09:19:17

Broadcast journalist, working 2 days a week, take home £730 a month

Self employed storyteller; since I started trading in October, £30 (minus materialssad). On the plus side, I have gigs in the pipeline so next year will be a lot more profitable.

21march Tue 19-Feb-13 09:25:25

Can I just say to the doctors and spouses of doctors here that medicine is a classic "jam tomorrow" job?

For years you earn less than your cleaner. (A cleaner earning £10 per hour cash in hand, as they do in London, is earning some £10k more than a FG doctor annually even before any benefits and tax credits are taken into account).

Bit by bit your salary creeps up and you realise the benefits and pension contribution (which aren't as good as they used to be but still better than anything enjoyed by 90% of the population) add a very substantial unseen element to your compensation.

Eventually you become a consultant or GP Principal and find yourself earning £100k a year for working 5 mornings a week. There aren't many jobs offering that kind of financial trajectory that also throw in a very good pension and superb job satisfaction.

Trainee actuary (Most junior level, still 3 years to go before qualified roughly) - £32.5k

VinegarDrinker Tue 19-Feb-13 09:39:43

Our Consultants definitely don't do 5 mornings a week 21march - resident on call til 8pm, at weekends and within 5 years it will be resident on call for nights too. I am definitely in the wrong specialty!

I love my job, wouldn't change it for the world, but I wouldn't go in to medicine for the money. My newly qualified solicitor sister earns considerably more, with much shorter training, and no nights/weekends.

skratta Tue 19-Feb-13 09:44:23

Paediatric oncologist (research mainly)- £48,000 is the equivalent (I get paid in dollars, on USA) but I work quite long hours and do a lot of work analysing, grouping etc; research at home, and five days a week. To be able to keep my job, I had to move continents! I'm very, very, very lucky.

skratta Tue 19-Feb-13 09:46:12

Oh yes, 21march. not great at the start at all, but when you get higher, you get paid more. Unless you're really, really stupid like me and go into medical research [sigh]

21march Tue 19-Feb-13 09:46:43

I agree with you that different specialties will put you in different income brackets, Vinegar. Always been the case, the powers that be use it as social engineerings. It's not fair but overall so much fairer than other industries.

Don't be envious of your sister, your lifetime earnings (including pension and perks) will match or exceed your sister's. Women rarely make equity partner at Magic Circle firms sad.

inadreamworld Tue 19-Feb-13 09:46:46

sahm - zero - (but best job in the world in my opinion!)

I used to be a Senior Nursery Nurse in a private day nursery.
With a BA in Early Years, my salary hit the lofty heights of £6.40 an hour. Working 2-4 days a week, I almost paid tax!

PostmanPatsBlackandWhiteCat Tue 19-Feb-13 09:53:50

A cleaner I earn £78 a week I only work 10 hrs

VinegarDrinker Tue 19-Feb-13 09:54:01

Interesting, 21march, never thought of it like that. I guess there is a significant difference in potential for additional PP income in different specialties (although I wouldn't consider PP anyway, what with being a lentil-weaving lefty), as well as a big difference in what being on call as a Consultant actually entails (ours are called in more often than not at night, then obviously work a full day).

I totally agree national payscales make things a lot fairer than in many private firms. I know that I earn pro rata the same as any other Dr working in an intense specialty for the same number of years post-qualification anywhere in the UK, regardless of gender, race, religion, educational background etc.

FannyFifer Tue 19-Feb-13 09:54:11

I earn around £10,000 and work 14 hours a week, can be more than this depending on how much extra shifts I do. (Nurse)

Latara Tue 19-Feb-13 09:57:29

HCA - i am a trained nurse but have lapsed my registration for a year due to ill health - the drop in pay is huge.

As a Staff Nurse i was on £26K.

Now as an HCA (Health Care Assistant) i'm on £17K pro rata but only take home approx £700 a month due to only being well enough to work 2 days a week.

Luckily i can get DLA, council tax benefit, a free disabled bus pass, free prescriptions (i take 8 types of medications a day) & Working Tax Credits but not HB as i have a mortgage.

But the Benefits don't add up to much - i've been told i'd be much better off on full-time benefits; rather than working.

I prefer to work though & enjoy my job - I hope to increase my hours when i'm well enough & to go back to being a Staff Nurse in a year.

Whyriskit Tue 19-Feb-13 09:58:05

I work 14 hours a week as a specialist careers adviser and earn about £12,000.

Bonemachine Tue 19-Feb-13 09:58:20

PR, not senior level, £32K pro rata.

Virgil Tue 19-Feb-13 10:03:17

Solicitor in regional firm. £80k currently.

Journalist. £13.5k for FT work. I love my job, I hate the pay - it is very low for this line of work but there are other benefits to this particular job (and as I say, I love it) so I stick with it. I can earn more doing freelance bits and pieces but at the moment I just don't have time to think about pitching for freelance work.

AugustaProdworthy Tue 19-Feb-13 10:12:37

Agree completey with earlyinthemorning's post

mrspolkadotty Tue 19-Feb-13 10:23:29

SAHM - sweet FA and very little appreciation

Vinegar - she won't be able to keep up the no nights/weekends for long, don't worry!

Arcadia Tue 19-Feb-13 10:25:17

What level are you virgil?
Said mine further up.
talking of procurement, My DP is a procurement manager for a hospital in the NHS. he earns £40k and is at the top if his scale and it froze a few years ago. Quite a lot of pressure but he sticks to his contracted hours as much as possible. He gets good holiday and pension compared to private sector.

Tiggles Tue 19-Feb-13 10:29:24

I think I need to retrain!
Working as a software engineer at a university with 14years experience, 37hr week for less than £20k.

NotAQueef Tue 19-Feb-13 10:30:34

Business Analyst in public sector- around £31k

PeppermintPasty Tue 19-Feb-13 10:31:49

Solicitor, work 4 days per week, and I think you should all guess what I earn. I guarantee you'll get it wrong (sadly for me!)

Virgil Tue 19-Feb-13 10:33:11

arcadia I'm a junior partner. 13 years PQE.

NewRowSees Tue 19-Feb-13 10:42:05

Marketing analyst (but in a specialist area), with 14 years experience. £91K. Started on £16K and moved firms every two years or so. Well actually £0 at the moment as am still on mat leave, but back to it next month.

£15,000 for half the week working for a charity.

I think teaching sounds like the hardest job in the world so they deserve every penny they get.

Also bewildered that we (as a society) value our nursery workers and midwives so low, they should be paid their weight in gold!!

dashoflime Tue 19-Feb-13 10:52:49

Sarahplane: I started as a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau and got trained up as a generalist advisor there. I got a Certificate in Generalist Advice Work which is equivilent to a NVQ.
I got a paid job as a generalist advisor for a few years, then a promotion to the specialist Welfare Rights Unit.

Since then Ive left the CAB and worked for a Law Centre and currently a local authority.

soverylucky Tue 19-Feb-13 10:57:08

No question the highest salary should go to doctors. They save peoples lives. I think that it is appaling that their relatively low starting salary is justified by the fact that it is a secure long term job with a good pension. So it should be! I really can't begrudge doctors a single penny of what they earn. If I were in charge they would earn far, far more than they do.

The teaching/nursery nurse argument is interesting with comments about work load. I think that within teaching the workload can vary enormously according to what subject you teach. I work in a secondary school and some of my own colleagues in different subjects have no concept of how much marking I have compared to them. There are different pressures for different subjects but dare I say it - some subjects have a much lighter workload than others.

emsyj Tue 19-Feb-13 11:06:24

Just started the Tax Professional Development Programme at HMRC - graduate scheme basically. £27k, will increase to around £32k after the first 2 years and on finishing the 4 year programme will lead to a senior role with salary starting at £47k. Regular hours, no encroachment on family life, flexible, lovely people and no stress.

Previously was a solicitor in a niche firm earning £25k for 4 days. Prior to DCs was magic circle solicitor, paid £86k plus bonus (£15k) in the last year I was there. Much much much happier now.

atthewelles Tue 19-Feb-13 11:13:34

I can't say specifically what I do as it would 'out' me to some Irish posters but it involves research and writing and I earn around €50,000 (euro) a year.

I don't know why some posters got so arsey with the OP. The title of the thread made it perfectly clear what she was asking. People were free not to open it and partake.

smoothieooo Tue 19-Feb-13 11:18:16

City-based legal PA (in US law firm). £41k

I work in HR and earn just under £40K per annum, this is in alarge corporate company though.

International School teacher (HOD) - 50k (Tax Free).

gallifrey Tue 19-Feb-13 11:36:32

I am a part time childminder so it depends on how many children I have. At the moment I look after 2 children one day a week so that's £7 an hour. I also work at asda part time on £7.07 an hour and I do 11hrs a week plus over time.
My dh earns just over £60k

ihearsounds Tue 19-Feb-13 11:49:21

I'm a teaching assistant in a sn school. I earn around 17k a year.

RattyRoland Tue 19-Feb-13 12:03:20

Accountant, £65k pa until I became a sahm. Hoping to work part time in small practice soon though...

DiscretionAdvised Tue 19-Feb-13 12:09:59

scientist 65k

BeautifulBlondePineapple Tue 19-Feb-13 12:12:07

I work as a single area specialist in an IT department for a large company. 12 years experience. Would be earning 43K if I was full time, but I only do 25 hours per week.

This thread has made me glad I chose to be a dentist and not a doctor. If I have a child interested in medicine I will encourage them into dentistry as well.

Even the dental hygienists I know are making more than some of the doctors on this thread.

DizzyHoneyBee Tue 19-Feb-13 12:15:24

17k as a teaching assistant? Is that because you are in a SN school? I expect you earn your money, it's not enough for the job but much more than in mainstream schools.

cazzmags Tue 19-Feb-13 12:21:33

£168 a week as a local authority foster carer, 24/7. Hugely rewarding and challenging work but the money is deemed an allowance, we are essentially voluntary workers.

daisydoodoo Tue 19-Feb-13 12:21:44

i used to work in the NHS as a midwife with weekends, nights etc i was on circa 28k. I quite when dd1 was 19 months old as never saw my children.

I stayed at home until the breakdown of a marriage and then returned to work in a 9-5 office role after 3 years working for the same company i am now accounts director and on around £58k. In he last few months i have had a significant salary increase due to the promotion and it has made all the difference ot fmaily life, both financially and in terms of time able to spend with them. I can now work flexi time and work from home as long as i meet and update with each member of my team and am in phone contact between 8.30am and 7 pm.

Whilst i wouldnt say that i love my job, and i miss midwifery a lot, I can;t see there being anythign better out there for us as a family right now. I cna even go on holiay with the children and as long as still contactable it doesnt have to come out of my holiday allowance!

ihearsounds Tue 19-Feb-13 12:25:12

Yes it's because its sn school, and its in London. I am really lucky to be paid this amount, even for a sn school.

I work in shipping insurance in admin 23k for 4 days.

lljkk Tue 19-Feb-13 12:36:59

My dentist got an MSc in ecology. Swift return to dentistry when she realised how poorly ecologists get paid.

DizzyHoneyBee Tue 19-Feb-13 12:44:59

Glad to hear that you are at least paid some of what you deserve then Ihear....I know TAs on not much more than minimum wage.

I'm a foster carer and writer. I'm not in the UK, but earn the equivalent of £27,000.

Really interesting thread.

DeafLeopard Tue 19-Feb-13 13:06:01

Carers allowance = £58.45, so err 35p per hour.

Supplemented by a part time admin job at NMW as DS' disability doesn't lend itself to both parents working full time in full on careers - used to earn £30k 10 years ago.

sleeplessbunny Tue 19-Feb-13 13:12:44

Aerospace Engineer 10 yrs experience, 41k (but could be better if I was a bit more savvy with career choices)
Contrary to popular belief, there is a shortage of degree-qualified engineers in the UK. It is very hard to recruit and we often end up employing new starts from elsewhere in Europe.

singaporeswing Tue 19-Feb-13 13:17:15

Just started out in recruitment 4 months ago straight from university. Earning 21k + v good commission. Working on average a 50 hour week.

MrsDe Tue 19-Feb-13 13:17:50

I'm a solicitor in a mid-tier city law firm and earn £95k. Have worked for the firm for a while and enjoy it. I have two children and while the hours can be long I have a degree of flexibility and can work from home in the evenings if need be (i.e. I dont have to be in the office) and always work from home one day a week.

My husband is an english teacher and earns £34k but pro rata as he only works 4 days a week.

We sometimes struggle with family/work balance but usually get it right.

singaporeswing Tue 19-Feb-13 13:18:31

DP earns around 150k & also gets rent, bills and food paid for. We're very lucky that we have got the opportunity to save.

Wow Singapore!

LoopDeLoops Tue 19-Feb-13 13:33:09

Teacher (expat)

Basic salary 36K, if housing allowance is included = 44K, plus flights, medical, bonus.

MrsTomHardy Tue 19-Feb-13 13:35:13

I'm supervisor of a preschool in the south east...I earn 6 grand a year

mummyplum1 Tue 19-Feb-13 13:36:06

salvadory- Of course doctors earn a very comfortable wage compared to most of the population (once fully qualified) but I don't think it's fair to compare them to the average person. They have to do v well academically to get a place at med. school, spend 5 or 6 years studying, building up lots of student debt and then many years gaining experience before becoming a Consultant. If you compare the wage of a Consultant to comparable professionals with similar levels of intelligence, responsibility and experience (city solicitors, accountants in top firms, etc, doctors get paid much less). The number of male medical undergraduates has been falling for years because these young men are choosing to go into these alternative professionals where they can earn a lot more money. Obviously, doctors are never going to be paid private sector wages and I wouldn't argue that they should be but it is fairer to compare them to these professionals than the average person. After all, I'm sure you would want the most intelligent, highly skilled person choosing your child's chemotherapy regime or putting stents into your father's arteries when he has a heart attack. I sure would!

GPs do earn a good wage, I agree (probably 50-60 hours a week full time- not 5 half days- march21) and can be a Partner from their late 20s but Consultants take another 10 years or so to qualify. Not all of them do private work. It very much depends on the specialty, the area in which they live, etc. They also have to pay huge sums in medical indemnity to do private work so the gross may be very good for some but the expenses will also be very high.

I do have to take you up on what you said about being paid lots for anti social hours. They pay per hour is actually very poor. I got paid around £3.70 per hour for out of hours work when I was a house officer. The cleaner was on £10 on Christmas day, etc, the doctors on call were on a lot less. Even doctors with lots of experience get paid a very low hourly rate.

akissisnotacontract- interesting what you said about encouraging your DC into dentistry rather than medicine. I have to say that I still think of Medicine as a vocation and not one that I would have traded in for a higher wage/ shorter hours in dentistry.

Pooforbains Tue 19-Feb-13 13:41:15

I work in recruitment on dwp contacts and earn £25.5k pro rata as I work 28 hours, suits me. Hubby is a shift manager for a recycling company earns about £33k but works 60 hours for that.

I am a solicitor, but currently working as an ethics and compliance director in London. I earn £83k. I think I am very well paid for what I do. Reading these posts is very sobering.

williaminajetfighter Tue 19-Feb-13 13:56:52

Just out of interest I used to run the marketing team at a University and kept track of the figures for applications to all programs. Medicine, Dentistry and Law are popular but universally it is Business studies - at both postgrad and undergrad - which is the MOST popular of all getting at least twice if not three times the number of applications than for MedSci and other professional qualifications.

In particular there is a demand for Banking/Finance courses. Thanks to the salaries, there is a real appetite for working in finance and the City...