Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How low can you go

This is from the Daily Telegraph and from four years ago so doubly unreliable but I'm going to hazard a guess that the order of lowly remunerated positions in Australia hasn't changed overly much.

By this I mean occupation, not loafers on a payout (ahem) or pensioners

  1. Fast food cooks
  2. 'Other' hospitality workers
  3. Outdoor adventure guides
  4. Hairdressers
  5. Sewing machinists
  6. Pharmacy sales assistants
  7. Beauty therapists
  8. Cafe workers
  9. Veterinary nurses
  10. Waiters
Forty one thousand nine hundred and nine dollars doesn't sound like making too much of a fuss about being misleading; hardly worth the wait. The Tele has the jobs in descending order culminating with the McDonald's et al kids getting screwed over the most - or having the most basic job, whichever way you want to look at it. $37,705 is four thousand two hundred dollars less at the end of the day, or year rather.

But we didn't count the difference in the richly rewarded, why the poverty stricken? Well, because every dollar counts when you're impoverished. 
Remember though that these are jobs just out of school for the most part. At least the lowest two on the list are and there are waiters who double as students on overseas jaunts. Meanwhile migrant workers (wo)man the sewing machines.

Maybe adventure guides are thrill seekers who have found a way to monetise their pursuit and so aren't in it for the money.
As the paper points out, these are careers that do require certificates from TAFE or private providers so you're effectively training to be in a menial job.


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