10:36am Monday 25th February 2013
I HAD to chuckle (otherwise I may have cried) at the The Northern Echo story about the pay gap between men and women (Echo, Feb 20).
A study by the TUC found that women workers in their 50s earned an average of just under £12 an hour compared with £14.69 for men.
Can someone please tell me where these jobs are because I would love one.
Having worked full-time since leaving college in 1977, at no point during my buying and sales career (in my 50s or otherwise) did I receive £12 an hour.
Since my redundancy in April 2010 I have been unable to secure a position remotely similar in job role or pay scale to that which I was employed.
Now, at 53, I feel like I’ve been left on the scrap heap, having actually been informed by one company they were looking for someone younger.
Yes, I know it is discrimination but at least they were honest by openly admitting they were looking for a sales apprentice willing to work for £2.65 an hour apparently.
What chance is there for us oldies with our experience, dedication and commitment to the jobs we so value of ever getting back on the career ladder again, let alone a half-decent wage?
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