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My colleague announced today that he is lowly paid............

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TroubleinDaFamily Mon 23-Oct-17 22:24:13

<< insert eye roll>>

He is on £45K a year, now he has four children (all planned) but lives in a detached house in the South East.

His money may not go far, but IMO he is not lowly paid.

StickThatInYourPipe Mon 23-Oct-17 22:25:37

How do you know how much he is on?

TroubleinDaFamily Mon 23-Oct-17 22:29:14

He told me.

He was talking about some friends of theirs and he said they are not lowly paid like me. I fudged it and tried to move on and he said what people don't realise is that the $45k I am on goes nowhere.

CaretakerToNuns Mon 23-Oct-17 22:29:21

Males always think they are hard done by, no matter how privileged they are.

sunandmoonshine Mon 23-Oct-17 22:30:08

So is it $45,000 or £45,000?

TroubleinDaFamily Mon 23-Oct-17 22:32:50


TroubleinDaFamily Mon 23-Oct-17 22:33:04

£45k even

00100001 Mon 23-Oct-17 22:33:46

I have a colleague that pleads poverty. Owns a 5 bed semi, goes on 2-3 expensive holidays every year (skiing, bali, USA etc) and is paying for two kids to get through uni.

Sure he hasn't got much money left at the end of the month, but, he isn't poor!

Capricorn76 Mon 23-Oct-17 22:35:54

£45k will not go far with 4 kids in the SE so I hope his wife's also working. That said, it's a mid-level wage not low.

GreyOwls Mon 23-Oct-17 22:36:42

It’s ok as salaries go but not much if you’re supporting four children in the south east.

What did you say?

CappuccinoCake Mon 23-Oct-17 22:37:50

I live in the south and think it's a pretty good salary myself!! Most families in our area have less than that household.

LaurieFairyCake Mon 23-Oct-17 22:39:04

Unless his partner earns the same it’s not going to go far on 6 people.

afrikat Mon 23-Oct-17 22:40:53

I had some friends who claimed that £80k wasn't a very high wage when Corbyn was talking about increasing tax at that level. They both come from money and live in a 7 bedroom house in the country with tennis courts and a swimming pool. I'm not sure they have a single foot in reality...

PoppyPopcorn Mon 23-Oct-17 22:44:01

Also depends on the role he is doing.

If he's shelf stacking in Tesco then he's on an excellent wage given the responsibility.

If he's CEO of British Gas or Marks and Spencer, yes he's underpaid or lowly paid.

deepestdarkestperu Mon 23-Oct-17 22:47:40

No, £45k won't go far on 6 people when you have a mortgage and bills to pay, but presumably nobody held a gun to his head and made him have four children?

DP and I earn less than half that combined - as a result, we won't be having four kids! What he earns probably makes him feel lowly paid as he has lots of outgoings, but it's certainly not a low salary!

TattyCat Mon 23-Oct-17 22:51:50

£45k isn't low? In the South?

And even it it isn't, trying to support a family of 6 must be quite difficult. Bloody council tax is the size of a small mortgage (in the North) in the South!!

LonginesPrime Mon 23-Oct-17 22:53:05

* *£45k will not go far with 4 kids in the SE

This may be true, but it doesn’t mean he’s under compensated for the job he’s doing.

OP, does he mean he’s underpaid for his role, or just that he’s not in a high-paying job?

Judashascomeintosomemoney Mon 23-Oct-17 22:53:06

Is that the same Jeremy Corbyn that says he’s ‘not wealthy’ even though he earns GBP138,000+ Afrikat? smile

NewBrian Mon 23-Oct-17 22:53:24

I like in the SE, 45k isn’t low paid even with a 4 bed!

NewBrian Mon 23-Oct-17 22:53:30


TroubleinDaFamily Mon 23-Oct-17 22:57:34

I am not going to say too much about the role, but he is not stretched by any means.

TroubleinDaFamily Mon 23-Oct-17 22:58:23

Anyway, I just thought it was an interesting insight.

Rufustherenegadereindeer1 Mon 23-Oct-17 23:00:11

Dh thinks he is underpaid

For what he does and the usual renumeration he probably is

But its not a bone of contention as he likes where he works and what he does...those things are very important for him (and me)

CocoPuffsinGodMode Mon 23-Oct-17 23:00:11

It’s not a low salary, presumably it’s within the expected range for the role he has and if not, surely he’d apply for other jobs if he thinks the salary is below the industry norm?

LonginesPrime Mon 23-Oct-17 23:10:20

It sounds like he just meant that his friends earn much more than he does - presumably for doing different jobs - as opposed to meaning that he thought he should earn more for performing his current role.

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