I haven’t responded to a daily prompt for a few days as I really didn’t feel inspired to and today really isn’t that different but I thought I’d give it a go anyway. Today’s prompt is:
Head to your favorite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on the article.
To be honest I headed to the tried and tested BBC news and all I found was a British Airways employee who has won her discrimination claim, HMV going into administration, Lance Armstrong talking about his “cheating” and a whole load of other negative stories including the fact that apparently our government think that it is a good idea to reduce the starting pay for Police Constables by £4,000 to £19,000!
OK, so this is the starting salary for new recruits with no experience of policing but still it seems to me to be a bit of a kick in the teeth for individuals who are out on our streets to protect us. No wonder they have a shortage of bobbys on the beat. Sure, £19,000 is more than my salary (if I worked full-time) and I have over 20 years experience as a secretary/administrator but I work in the safety of an office and I have never pushed myself to make a career out of my job.
How do they compare to starting salaries for other professions?
- Administrators/office juniors can expect to start at around £12,500 but they don’t have to qualify to enter the job or train before they are employed
- A newly qualified teacher can expect a starting salary of £23,010 – I wanted to confirm this on the Department of Education website but each link I clicked came up with an error!
- A regular soldier in the Army can expect £272 per week (£14,144 per year) whilst training and a minimum of £17,514 when trained (Army website)
- An army officer can expect £16,073 whilst training, increasing to £24,615 when commissioned (Army website)
- A newly qualified Registered Nurse is £21,176 according to the Royal College of Nursing’s 2012/2013 pay scales
Looking at this, it seems to me that the professions with the higher risks, ie police and armed forces are expected to do so for a lower salary than others. Aren’t we lucky that there are still young people who want to risk their lives to keep us safe?
OK, rant over.