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Topic - Very low pay or a good starter job?

Richard White on 18 Jul 2014
There is a job posted in the Premier Posts here http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?n=592672

I have to commit on this and, in my opinion, the very low pay that is being offered.

13,500/annum for a 30 hour week amounts to 8.65 per hour for someone who is expected to teach climbing and be responsible for checking and maintenance of equipment, presumably climbing equipment.

All the arguments about a foot on the ladder, training on the job etc. are understandable but is this really acceptable pay for a job with such a high level of responsibility.

I know that work in the Outdoor Industry does not pay highly, compared to other professions requiring similar levels of training, experience, responsibility and maturity, and it is about a life style etc. Holding the MIA and having worked as a freelancer for a number of years I do get that. But is this a bit low pay for what is expected?

If we don't comment and discuss these issues, then employers will continue to think that such pay in the Outdoor Industry is acceptable. Ooh, I sound like a 1970's style shop steward! "We'll keep the red flags......"

Cheers,

Rich.
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