Is it really worth it?
I read an article a few months ago about the inequality of pay rates (Peter Fleming, the Guardian, 26 May 2015) We are no longer paid what we are worth - just look at dog walkers which fits in well with how I am currently feeling.
Worth versus earnings
Politicians were recently awarded a(nother) payrise of 11% or £7,000. They did not vote for this themselves, their independent watchdog did. Some politicians have criticised it but I don't see any of them refusing it.
London dog walkers can earn well over the national average wage (which currently stands at £22,044). I'm a middle aged graduate with 20 years of secretarial and administration experience and I have never earned above the national average wage. Maybe I should have taken up dog walking instead?
Even eBay is not immune
So, as part of the process of making ends meet per month, and giving the arachnids fewer places to hide, I am in the process of a major decluttering of the house. My mother-in-law and my parents are also assisting in the money-earning process by donating their unwanted items to be advertised on eBay. (Which does, of course, inevitably lead to more clutter, rather than less, but that's life.)
With the almost endless audit process taking a lull for now, I have had a chance to run through my listings recently. I find that in the last few months while I've been buried in audit paperwork, eBay have been amending their tips for relisting unsold items. Great, so now I get to see what skinflints my buyers really can be. Items which I have listed at £2.20 (99p and £1.19 postage) are no longer selling. Someone's listing similar items at 99p and free postage, it would seem.
I blame the pound shops and dollar stores for this, with their plastic imported tat. Everyone loves a bargain, sure, and I've grabbed a few myself on eBay in the last few years. But there's a bargain and there's paying what an item's worth.
So what defines 'worth'?
Neither politicians nor dog walkers are worth the £77k or £32k currently being paid to them, as far as I can see. The politicians don't do much to improve life or lower the cost of living for the likes of me and my husband, while the idea of having a dog is that the owner should take responsibility for it, and if they don't have the time or the inclination, what on earth do they have a dog for in the first place?
NHS staff, on the other hand, are worth a lot more than the salary they are currently paid, which is still below the national average. They deal with all kinds of people, with all kinds of needs, every single day. Unflappably, politely and with professionalism. They do not get expenses paid generally, often have to work long days and have to deal with antisocial shift patterns, night shifts and often, regular shifts in A&E too, with all the trauma (mental and physical) that can bring.
They earn their salary, that's for sure.
And some of my listings are going to have to be knocked down in price because I am getting fed up of seeing them listed week after week.
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