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    Unfair!!!!

    Why do we bother going to University and going into IT for a meagre salary? I ask this because I have just found out that my brother-in-law earns £45,000 a year putting traffic cones out! I wouldn't mind so much but he has no qualifications, a convicted drug dealer, thief and is always fighting!

    He earns more than my wife and I combined, has a mortgage which is half of ours and he still moans he can't afford to live. He receives around £150 a week from his mother 'to get by' as he's always saying he's 'skint', what a load of crap!

    Sorry for the rant, having just found out his salary has 'miffed' me a little!

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    Yup! Life stinks.

    I feel for you as you have every right to feel aggrieved.

    I wish there was a way to cheer you up on this one, but I am afraid it just boils down to...


    "Life stinks!"

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    Are you sure he's telling you the truth? My Mrs works in the public sector, so I have been known to mooch about on public sector job boards, and I certainly never saw "cone putter" at 45k! Perhaps he has revitalised his old enterpreneurial career as a sideline?

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    Good point TN.

    My brother is a “Successful Banker”, but lives in the worst home of all the family.

    He has either bought an Island off Spain or he has been telling porkies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    and I certainly never saw "cone putter" at 45k! Perhaps he has revitalised his old enterpreneurial career as a sideline?
    Not but it's probably one of these jobs where there's a fortune to be made from doing overtime and antisocial hours.

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    I wouldn't personally want a job where i had to stand in the way of traffic traveling very fast to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC View Post
    I wouldn't personally want a job where i had to stand in the way of traffic traveling very fast to be honest.

    Chris
    I don't think I would mind it - not very often you hear of road workers getting hit. That's why there's reduced speed limits where works are going on, and average speed cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWestos View Post
    Why do we bother going to University and going into IT for a meagre salary? I ask this because I have just found out that my brother-in-law earns £45,000 a year putting traffic cones out! I wouldn't mind so much but he has no qualifications, a convicted drug dealer, thief and is always fighting!

    He earns more than my wife and I combined, has a mortgage which is half of ours and he still moans he can't afford to live. He receives around £150 a week from his mother 'to get by' as he's always saying he's 'skint', what a load of crap!

    Sorry for the rant, having just found out his salary has 'miffed' me a little!
    either he's got several children in which case he possibly rakes in a fair old wedge in tax credits, or if he's not including tax credits income then he's possibly earning that total with a little help from overtime payments. It's not unknown for those working on the highways to take home considerable salaries after overtime is included.

    you do make a serious point about your pay rewards for pursuing a highly technical career. what i would say though is that there is no hard and fast rule as regards IT salaries...you could have got a degree, joined a consultancy, worked your way up to senior consultant and then go self-employed earning considerable sums as an IT professional [thru a combination of hard work and luck]. But in general salaries for most graduates are somewhat disappointing....there's a lot of competition and we haven't really seen wage inflation in the previous years. That's why you and your missus need to work, in years gone by a single salary would have been enough to support an entire family and pay down a mortgage on a decent sized property. We're not even talking that long ago, and i'm hopeful we can possibly get to that stage soon so long as the public sector gets a good haircut, and asset prices continue to fall. This experiment of the dual income houshold, asset price inflation, and static wages has been a miserable failure. All it's achieved is lower expectations and deprive people of social mobility.

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