Thursday, 1 December 2011

£11,000 per week?

Yesterday at Prime Minister's Questions the weekly shouting match we have, confirmed by Hansard, what I and probably many others heard - but which appears to have passed most people by. Presumably what obviously passes as Miliband's brain did not convey the right words to his mouth.
"Edward Miliband: The difference is that, unlike the Prime Minister, I am not going to demonise the dinner lady, the cleaner or the nurse, people who earn in a week what the Chancellor pays for his annual skiing holiday...." (Col: 930)
On the basis that George Osborne's most recent skiing holiday reportedly set him back £11,000, perhaps we should all become public sector workers............?

Just asking...................

6 comments:

right_writes said...

Yes WfW, I heard that and I immediately resorted to Thomas Cook's Winter Holiday guide to see if I could find a week in Klosters for £250…

Sadly…

It's Butlins again.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

r_w: You can afford Butlins......?

Ian said...

Nice observation wfw. I can never remember which brother is the idiot and which one is leader of the Labour Party.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

I: to tell the difference is simple. One holds a banana, the other is one!

PeterCharles said...

A bit more than that actually, according to the RCN site the minimum salary for a registered nurse is currently £21,176, inner London nurses additionally get a minimum supplement of £4,036 (max £6,217) while the equivalent figures for outer London are £3,414 and £4,351.

It would appear the maximum wage a nurse can earn is currently £97,478.

Typical Millipeed, playing the sob card substituting student nurses pay rates for registered nurses, lying b*stard. Maggie T would have wiped the floor with him with an exhaustive list of pay rates.

By the way Ian, your question isn't really very understandable, they are both idiots.

This illustrates another fault with public service wages, a junior nurse in London is relatively low paid while the same nurse in say, West Wales or the North East would be in the top 10% of earners, this discrepancy carries throughout the public service. A newly qualified teacher will be on £21,588 pa rising to £31,552 (£27,000 to £36,387 inner London). Experienced teachers can earn more than the max at the discretion of governing bodies but the additional wages are usually performance based, not that that necessarily means much, given the appalling state of UK education.

The average wage for both of these professions is around £26,000, which also just happens to be the UK average wage at the moment.

According to the thisismoney site £11,000 is the pay range for housekeepers, teaching assistants, office juniors, launderers and the like.

A typical factory manager, say a food manufacturer or engineering company currently earns around £50 - £60,000 pa. The level of responsibility and achievement required is comparable to that of a local authority CEO, even if they handle larger staffs and budgets, which as far as I am concerned means their maximum wage should be in that range, not the £100s of thousands they are currently given. I refuse to use the word earned because they simply don't.

Like government itself, the public services need to be destroyed root and branch if we are ever to get back on an even keel.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

PC: Nice comment and thanks for doing some research - data well worth remembering