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ChaiTeaChai · 16/11/2019 12:36

Apart from the fact I'm curious, making a career change. My heart is in midwifery but the pay is bad. I'm money motivated so know I could do something I'm less passionate about if it meant more money.

Currently doing an access course.

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silly0ne · 18/11/2019 07:11

I really would encourage you to pursue your goal to be a midwife. We need dedicated people, like you, in the health service.

Currently I juggle four part time jobs with caring responsibilities. It is not ideal and certainly not lucrative, but the flexibility allows me to support my sons, husband and elderly mother, who all have quite demanding care or support needs.

One of the p/t roles is as a lecturer for students on an Access course. I also benefited from Access when I was younger.

Cannot really say how much I earn because it fluctuates so much. However, working in a role/roles that you really care about or that fit in with other commitments is sometimes more important than the money you earn.

Good luck!

Gre8scott · 18/11/2019 07:24

Pupil support in primary school 9k a year all holidays off so no childcare issues

MatildaCat · 18/11/2019 07:45

Currently a SAHM but was on 41k as a teacher/leadership in central London in 6th year of career. Left London and will have a drop of about 6k when I return to work I think.

Penners99 · 18/11/2019 07:52

Middle East military customers and the hint was UP TO £3.5k per day

Pottedtree · 18/11/2019 08:16

DH is an R&D consultant who makes £1000 a day on average.

Yabadee · 18/11/2019 08:26

I do background admin in aircraft maintenance for a huge airline. Earn 12k a year and work 22.5 hours a week, mostly from home.

DP is the higher earner here, he’s on approx 65k

ToesAndFingersCrossed · 18/11/2019 08:55

I’m a Student Midwife, but lucky enough to live in Scotland so I get a bursary. I get £813 a month in my account each month between the bursary and a small childcare grant, although it doesn’t even touch the sides as nursery is £1100 pcm for my two kids, 3 days a week. Next year the bursary is going up to £10k a year and my daughter will be eligible for 30 funded hours at nursery so we should end up with £300ish more a month, and actually cover the nursery fees. We’re up to our eyeballs in debt so it will be very welcome.

dizzygirl1 · 18/11/2019 09:12

In support of @penners99 I manage resources for IT and we pay regularly £1,000 a day for a lot of contractors and £2,500 a day for some specialist contractors.

Crispyturtle · 18/11/2019 09:16

I’m a midwife, I work part time (two long shifts a week) I earn approx £20k a year. I love my job and I have a fantastic work/life balance.

TryingToBeBold · 18/11/2019 09:18


It's great to have some midwifery insight into the hours and salary as this is the career I am aiming for also Smile

HorridHamble · 18/11/2019 09:21

Social housing, officer level, £32k pro rata (reached top of my pay grade).Love my job. Just as well, as advancement/promotion opportunities are few and far between.

DohRayMears · 18/11/2019 09:37

Worked in Marketing before having kids earning about £40k pa in London. Now I run a small business from home making hand made blinds, curtains and soft furnishings. Took a while to get going and earned very little for a year or two but now it is a steady £20k to £25k pa, but I make this from about 20-25 hours work a week so it allows me a nice balance of work, kids and keeping fit with cycling and running. DH works in London doing something to do with finance (he is a chartered accountant) and is paid a basic of £110k plus bonus usually around £30k to £40k. He has a lot of experience and is in a specialist niche job. Obviously he earns good money but he still says he is underpaid and could earn a lot more if he changed jobs, but he likes the flexibility of the job he has with working from home 2 or 3 days a week and says it is low stress.

karenjkayjay · 18/11/2019 10:16

I work on a deli counter part time and a single parent to 3 children. I earn about 7k a year. Wow I’m impressed with you lot, maybe I should have studied at school better lol x

Travellingmamma · 18/11/2019 10:45

Retail banking, about £20k FTE but I’m part time. I have a finance degree but I’m happy where I am, they’ve been super flexible around my requests after having kids. DH is a consultant £120kish but is very qualified and doing really well, it’s not the sort of job you could just decide to switch to, which I think makes most of the replies here irrelevant. I always wanted to be a midwife, it’s an amazing job, maybe see where you can go with a healthcare related career, rather than suddenly becoming an investment banker Smile

justrestinginmybankaccount · 18/11/2019 12:54

94k plus bonus.
These threads make me feel incredibly guilty. I don't believe I work harder than everyone else - I work very had but I think lots of us do.

I'm not a specialist but I'm in IT, I am for fear of sounding like a dick, trustworthy and can manage any project that comes my way, while still being a bit of a jack of all trades in the world of IT. I'm not even in a technical role - hybrid of marketing & customer facing.

Look to the facebook/google/linkedIn/ebay/amazon type roles and see if something suits. There's unbelievable scope for progress in these companies.
FWIW I work from home 4 days a week, travel when required.

Monsterinmyshoe · 18/11/2019 13:49

OP, my advice is to look at career and recruitment sites or the ONS site for average earnings by career in your area. Some sites will also give the average by years experience too. I find that is a much more reliable benchmark, although as an NHS worker, your earnings will be the same for most areas apart from London if you were to be a midwife.

Bear in mind that many of the posters here are from London/SE, so have a higher salary due to location. People also lie embellish the truth too. I've had people tell me they are on loads of money and it turns out they don't work and it's their husbands job! Or they have contract/sales roles so tend to judge their salaries by their best month, when their average earnings are a lot less. I think my earlier post which was very obviously posted in frustration (too many if these threads about which skew the average) demonstrates this.

I think midwifery in some respects is low paid given that the role is very high risk, but is not low paid given the average salary is approx 25k. Same for MH nursing too. I've heard you can move up the ranks fairly quickly though if you are good at what you do, but obviously with this comes even more risk. Another thing to bear in mind is all of those unpaid hours you will most likely end up doing. Many of the careers posted here are well paid, but hardly 37 hour a week jobs. If you are working 50+ hours week in, week out, your hourly rate is far lower.

Goodgollymissjolly · 18/11/2019 15:33

Lol at 3.5k a day for IT Architects....
What a load of tosh... my other half nearly wet herself... she’s in IT and a contractor... could be per week but not per day....
Me, PT local government £14000 pa 18.5hrs

Blibbyblobby · 18/11/2019 16:09

In support of @penners99 I manage resources for IT and we pay regularly £1,000 a day for a lot of contractors and £2,500 a day for some specialist contractors

Yes, same here. And those are hands on contractors so quite a few steps below Enterprise Architect level. I can imagine a lead architect on a global bank transformation project is 2k+

itbemay1 · 18/11/2019 16:22

NHS professional £65k pa working 43h PW

Musmerian · 18/11/2019 16:34

Teacher of 25 years -48K. Love it. Deputy Head of Department so not too much responsibility .

Inliverpool1 · 18/11/2019 16:50

@ Goodgollymissjolly I’ve been in IT recruitment 24 years and never heard of £3.5k per day.

cms1972 · 18/11/2019 16:52

I've not read all this thread but I'm a nurse so I'll pass on what I know.
You can definitely earn more money in other professions. But nursing is very flexible if you have care commitments. Also there are many different types of nursing. Personally I wouldn't do midwifery for the same reasons mentioned by other posters; it's understaffed, chaotic etc.... but there again, I don't know if I'd even train as a nurse today, because of the cost (I was incredibly fortunate to train before the tuition fees were introduced).
Nursing is also flexible in that there are many different jobs you can do. For example, being a GP practice nurse isn't the same as working in a hospital, or mental health unit, or stroke rehab..... or you can take a nursing job abroad and get tax-free pay. Alternatively you might want to aim for a management or training post. There are lots of options. It' s not about cleaning up sick, it's a career & you can choose your path.
I have spent the past few years working for an agency as a nurse in care homes. It's normal to get £36/hour (but the job's NOT easy!!) - and I can choose when I work.
If you're interested in money (who isn't?) - then train as a general nurse, get a few years experience & look about you to see whether you can find a management post. It will take you a few years to get to that point, but there is a huge shortage of nurses ATM. And since the tuition fees were introduced, fewer people are applying to train so I would expect that shortage to continue.
PS: to the poster who said good interviewers will be trying to weed out people who just want the money, unless it's a niche type of job! - right now organisations are offering 'golden hellos' of a few thousand £££s for lots of nurse jobs, as they're so desperate to fill their nurse vacancies!

Pecially · 18/11/2019 16:52

I live in the North West.
I think it’s interesting that the jobs people traditionally pay big money are dwarfed by jobs a lot of people have never heard of.
Career advice for kids these days must be a minefield!

Inliverpool1 · 18/11/2019 16:52

@ Blibbyblobby I have a data transformation architect on my books, £1,500 a day and he’s working for the Bank of America.

SheChoseDown · 18/11/2019 16:54

Paper round. 300k +Christmas bonus

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