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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 12:42
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Can you remember what you earnt (1960s)

I was casting my mind back trying to remember what I was earning in different jobs in the 60s.
I couldn't come up with a definite figure but I do remember the magic goal of £1000 per annum which if you reached or passed meant you were really in a good job.
If you had your command I think they were on around £5000 pa but I may be wrong.
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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 12:57
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Started as a youth-in-training in the GPO in 1962. Wage was six pounds a week. I remember as a kid when my dad cracked the thousand-a-year level. We were all so proud of him. Mind you the first semi-detached they bought in Leicester only cost 375 pounds !
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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 13:11
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magic goal of £1000 per annum
As a cpl/tech in the RAF I was earning that in '63. I still recall a headline splashed across the Daily Mirror front page acclaiming the '£1000 a year corporals.' It did include, I think, marriage allowance.

Inflation would make it worth about £ 18,500 today.
What does a corporal earn today I wonder?
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And you tell this to the kids today and they won't believe ye!

Ey up lad, in 60s you could buy Yorkshire for a bob and still have enough change to buy Lancashire, a pint of Barnesley bitter and chip buttie down road at Braithwaite’s shop opposite bookies...!

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Dartmouth Cadet - 1963 - £1 a day, £365 a year
RN Lieutenant with flying pay 1968 - £1800 a year (I remember at one point my take home pay being £90 a month when I was married with a child and I gave my then wife £5 a week housekeeping and we lived in a rented bungalow near Culdrose which cost £5 a week. No married quarters as I had done the dastardly thing and got married under the age of 25).

First civvy helicopter flying job - 1968 - £1850 a year
First House purchase - 1969 - 3 bed semi - £3200 - and I had to borrow the £200 for the deposit!!

..........all subject to my notorious poor memory of course.

Originally Posted by victor tango View Post
........... but I do remember the magic goal of £1000 per annum which if you reached or passed meant you were really in a good job.....
I remember my father laying in to me about my school report in the very early 1960's and telling me I'd never make £1000 a year and I'd end up being a bin man....

So I saw this advert in the school magazine and ran away to sea - look at the salaries (1962)...

Quote from a 1965 letter from me to my father found in his personal effects after he died...."had to put the car in for a service and a decoke at the Hill Top Garage in Helston - £12-10s-0d they want. I really hope nothing else major is needed for a while." It was a 1956 Austin A35. I think it cost about £4 to fill up with petrol- remember the queues to fill up before 6pm on budget day when petrol went up by a penny a gallon?!!

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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 13:30
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1964 as an apprentice, £250p.a. When I was 18, the NI went up and the pay didn't.....Beer was 1/3d (6p) a pint.

1969 as a junior engineer £1040 p.a

1970 - 73 senior development engineer £1750
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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 13:42
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I think in the military you were expected to make up for relatively low pay by pillage and plundering.
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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 14:10
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£2.15s 6d a week working for Mr Laker.
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you lot WERE well paid.

I Started October 1969 with BOAC as a clerk. We got paid on a Friday and it were just the note in the pay envelope, no coins - there was a "coin B/F" or a "coin C/F" slip which explained whether they had overpaid you because the coin was being rounded UP to 10s or £1 or they had underpaid you because the coin was being rounded down to 10s or £1

I lived in the Laleham road Staines, about 20 paces from the "Laleham" sign.
If I got the bus up into Staines that cost 3d. (so I walked into/out of Staines)
If I got the 116 bus from "Staines bridge" to "The Minimax" that was 11d.
if I got the 116 bus from the "iron bridge" (the other end of Staines) " to "the minimax" that was 9d (So I'd walk up to the "iron bridge")
If I got the direct bus from "the Minimax" to "Heathrow central" that was also 9d.
But sometimes either it didn't run or it was full and I'd end up getting a different bus from "the Minimax" to "the Aerial" at a cost of 6d and then a bus from "the Aerial" to "Heathrow Central" and that was ANOTHER 6d !!!

So the best was the two lots of 9d or 1/6d each way which was 3 bob !!! A DAY !!!!!!

that was 15/- a week !!!!

and if things got badly out of kilter you could end up with maybe having the 3-bus journey 9d +6d +6d or 1/9d each way which was 3/6d for there & back
and that was 17/6d for the week

and that, my friends, meant that I had to cut out lunch because otherwise I was stoney broke by Thursday....

By heck tha tells young folk today and they don't believe you
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Ever so slight thread drift - first electronic calculator, just four functions, three weeks' wages. Sinclair Cambridge kit, solder it together yourself. This was 1971 however, not the 60s.
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1961 as LAC, 7 guineas a week rising to 8 guineas a week as SAC. 1964 a little more at dizzy heights of J/T.

On demob in 1971 IIRC I was on £1750 p/a. At my first job interview for Field Engineer with Decca (remember them) Survey Ltd I was offered £1200. When I said my RAF salary had been higher the offer was upped to £1500. What I hadn“t realised was that there were expenses and per diem allowances on top. Worked out quite well
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I cracked the £1000 p.a. in 1963 while working for Joseph Lucas (Girling). I borrowed £400 to buy my first sports car, a yellow Austin Healey Sprite (not the frog eye one). I think it was the late 60's when I cracked the £100 a month after stoppages and I had to change jobs twice to get that much.
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Cadet course at Hamble was chopped, got a job as ATCA at LATCC paying initially 8 quid a week, including Outer London Allowance, big comedown from nearly 12 as a tyre fitter, breakdown truck driver. But I did get Luncheon Vouchers to the value of IIRC 7/6. Next birthday got a 5 bob raise, but the LVs disappeared and Income Tax went up
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As an 8 year old in 1969, I earned 20 Indian rupees per week (pocket money) which was ample for a weeks' worth of comic books and stuff...

About the same time, I learned that Rupa our ayah took home about the same salary (80 rupees per month, 5 1/2 days a week - hours 7AM-4PM, not counting her daily walk uphill and return to her village which took about an hour in total). It didn't "hit me" back then, it was only many years later that I began to realise just how fortunate I'd been...
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First job, 1969, Trainee Computer Operator. £980 p/a + 25 % shift allowance (so on £1225 p/a).

At the time the National Average was about £25 per week (= £1300 p/a) so I thought I was doing ok, getting close to the average for my first job.

(This was working between Smithfield Market and Angel).
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In September 1968 I started life as a craft apprentice at three guineas a week, after stoppages for accommodation, voluntary RAF benevolent contributions, food and a haircut subscription, I saluted for £1.18 shillings a week. This sum had to fund brasso, kiwi, Naafi tea and buns.
Always skint by Monday and lived on fresh air for three days to payday.
Passed out 2 years later as a J/T on fourteen quid a week - fantastic.
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In the book 'Flying to the Sun', a history of Britannia, a letter offering employment as a Captain was reprinted offering £1500 per annum plus allowances set down in some national agreement. This was 1963.
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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 19:30
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Some really interesting replies, much appreciated.
Cant help thinking though that our concept of work was one of ;
whatever the problem we were paid to try our best to fix it.
These days it seems that they will try to come up with a dozen reasons why they cant address problems. And then get a bonus payment for it!
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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 19:57
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If I recall correctly, I was paid $5.00 an hour for flying back in 1966-7, by 1970 I think it had gone up to $7.50 an hour. But I was still attending university during those years, so I was not working full time.

My first full time corporate pilot job in 1972, flying a Navajo Chieftain, paid $20,000 a year. Which was pretty good for back then.

One side note, along with being the chief pilot, I was the only pilot and the company I was flying for owned a chain of gasoline (petrol)/convenience stores and part of my duties were being an area manager for a number of them both in the city and outlying properties in state and out of state.

It was one of the remote proprieties that had a mobile home park* attached, where the manager of the store and the trailer park stole one of the mobile home so he could leave his wife and children, to run away with the woman that had been living, rent free, in the mobile home that he tried to steal.

It’s not that easy to steal a large three bedroom mobile home. One needs a rather big truck you know. The truck towing the mobile home was stopped just past the Texas state line, they were turned around and the home was brought back. The driver and his crew did not know the mobile home had been stolen.

I’ve told the whole story here prior, but don’t have a clue where the story is now.

* A trailer park.

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1969, bank clerk, Williams Deacons Bank £625 p.a.
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