saintsman
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Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 1:46 am

Your first real full time job, after you left school, how much did you take home after a week?

1973, I got £11 and had to work Saturday Mornings as well. I thought I was loaded. I tell my kids that and they laugh. I wish I was that rich now...
 
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 1:49 am

Can't remember the total, but I was on £2.75 / hour at Waitrose! Left after a month or so because I hated it and went to work in a sport shop for a pay cut down to £2.34. Still felt rich!


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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 1:54 am

I was on a Youth Training scheme in a travel agent, earning £25 per week, that was 9 years ago now.
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 2:06 am

are you trying to rub it in?? I start fulltime on monday after doing part time for the past two weeks, and ive got to wait a hole month for the next pay check  Sad
 
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 2:17 am

I was helping out a friend of mine's mom, who was the promotion director of Alameda Mall in Houston, in 1977, by running one of those kiddie trains. Made about $30 for two days of work.

My 11 year old daughter just earned her first "paycheck". We had bought some new furniture, and she took a great interest in the owner of the furniture store, who was unloading the truck. She asked the man if she could help. I took him aside, and let him know it was okay, but if she got in the way, to give me a me a nod, and I'd have her sit down. She carried stuff for him, helped assemble a bed frame, and stayed right behind him, the whole time. I was amazed as she has great difficulty completing tasks. When they were done, he gave her $5, and said that she works harder than his set up crew. She asked how old one had to be to work for him, during the summer, and he told her to give him a call when she was older.
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 2:24 am

I do, it was 3 years ago! I think it was about £600 for my first month, not bad for a 16 year old. Still at the same company too.

TriStarEnvy, great story there! Glad to see your kid has some enthusiasm to some hard work!  Smile

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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 2:52 am

I work in Human Resources area. My random pick result:

One worker started working in year 1972 - his hourly rate: $5.07

33 years later (right now) his hourly rate: $35.58
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 3:12 am

I got my first full time job during the summer when I was 16. I worked 8-5 Monday-Friday installing customer accessories and preparing new cars to be sold. I got paid 5.75 an hour.
 
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 3:28 am

I bussed and washed dishes at an ice cream parlor/restaurant starting in the summer of 1977. Those were some nasty, sticky, dishes!!! I made minimum wage which at the time I believe was $2.75. Anyhow I thought it was a big deal when minimum wage went to $3.10!!
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 1:17 pm

My first job was at Apple Computer in 1985, I entered the company on March 9 and for some weird reason and tax things my firts pay was made on the 30 of april (so I recieved 40 days of salary), since at that tim eI still lived with my parents and I had no $$$$ obligations I didnt care about the delay, I recieved USD$2115.00 that was a FORTUNE (at that time), I have been very lucky, but those years at Apple were like Disneyland...
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 2:40 pm

I was 16 and got a job at a Hungry Hunter restaurant. I ended up quitting the job after a little more than a week because they were violating child labor laws.

Working full time including 8 hour days after school from 4:30-12:30. (Illegal x3)
I didn't get a single break the entire time I was there. (Illegal)

Plus, I was still wearing an immobilizer on my leg from dislocating my knee at school and having to work on my feet for 8 hours was agony.

But when I got that first check for $119, I swore that it was all worth it. But, it wasn't.

I then got a dream job working at a Malibu Grand Prix. I had a great time there for a few years.
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 3:41 pm

Yes I do, got around $400-$800 per week, depending on how much over time I did, just a pity you didn't get extra pay for stress caused by the job.
 
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 3:45 pm

My first pay cheque was for ZAR617.00 (about GBP52.00 these days, although quite a lot more back then !) for the month of July 1985. I was working at Cargo Accounts (International Inbound) at SAA, and I thought it was Christmas on a happy day ! Woohoo - I went out and bought a TV  Smile
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 5:01 pm

When I left college in 1974 I went to work for Trust House Forte as an Assistant Manager at a hotel in Broadstairs. My pay was £13 for a 6.5 days week. Hours, 7.30am-2pm + 6pm 'til close of the bar, usually around midnight. On average I put in an 80 hour week, and it was bloody hard work, particularly through the summer season. It was live-in and had all meals provided, so I suppose you could put the weekly wage up to about £20 before tax!

I also did a couple of stints as a chef and lasted about 4 years before I decided there was more to life than the split shifts and low pay of the catering industry. It's no wonder I came across so many broken marriages and alcoholics in those few years. The many TV reality programmes you see these days seem to glamourise the industry, they may reflect the top end at the celebrity restaurants. However, I bet the average hotel or restaurant hasn't changed it work practices or pay structure that much in the 30 years since I was there.  worried 
 
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 5:25 pm

My first pay packet was gone by the time i brought a rtn ticket ont eh train, and lunch at work, it was about £5 6 years to work all day in a fish and chip cafe. Good job, but strange pay considering i ended up out of pocket as the train cost £5.20 rtn. Only did it for 2 weeks though
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RE: Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?

Wed May 25, 2005 11:41 pm

Can Never Forget.
It was on 1st August 1992.Rs 2222.50.
It was a big Amount for me,as those were tough days.
Handed it over to my Parents.Their smile said it all.
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