Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Who gets paid too much?

It strikes me that the people who write computer code and design and maintain technology systems are well paid.  Yet the person who has to answer the telephone in a call centre who has a script to follow and deal with irate or technology illiterate people, that is pick up the pieces that well paid tech people have failed to get right, gets quite poorly paid. Humans are an unknown thing, so it takes quite some skill when dealing with humans at the end of a telephone line. It is skill some of us have and some of us don't. We could all learn computer programming and other tech stuffs.

Perhaps I am little unfair on the techies. What about those who move huge amounts of money around the world and make obscene amounts of money, or heads of corporations that get paid seven or eight figure sums annually.

Bone Doctor is now a GP, a general doctor. If she has become rich in her profession, she is not telling us and is not showing any signs of great wealth. She and Sister are comfortable and very mean with themselves in some ways.

People who work in childcare and early development are paid a pittance. Surely those who are part time bringing up our children should be very well paid. Aged care workers and nurses? We will probably all need them at some point in our life and decently rewarded worker will generally be much happier in their job. Even school teachers are not well paid and for the responsibility they carry and the skills they need, school principals are very underpaid.

You could probably add more to list of those who are underpaid in society. I wonder how this huge disparity came about. It wasn't always as extreme as it now is. Something has gone really wrong somewhere.

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  1. It seems to me that those whose jobs involved dealing with people (particularly needy or disadvantaged people) are OFTEN underpaid.
    Those who can put themselves at arms length from humanity are not.

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    1. EC, your last sentence is extremely salient.

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  2. I agree wholeheartedly. When my granddaughter and grandson needed Daycare, my daughter sought out a Private School/Daycare. They take the children early on, and it is a Nursery. But then as soon as they are toddling they go on to a Nursery School. There are teachers and they actually learn things. two year old Quinn knows his numbers, letters, colors and a variety of animals.
    My point here is that tuition to this school was not cheap, and the teachers are happy and well paid. I watched both the children do well there.
    My Dad always worked three jobs. He was a School Teacher. He taught music, but early on his pay was very low. He worked at churches playing services, weddings, funerals, etc. And he also worked as a part time Policeman. Why? Because in order to raise his 3 children he had to work a lot.
    I wish he could have known how many people he impacted with all of his work. When he passed away, we heard from so many of his students, and other community members.
    No, he really was never paid enough.

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    1. Maribeth, that is a nice tribute to your father. Those early childhood learning years are just so important as their sponges of brain absorb so much. It is unfortunate that such a good start to life is not funded by the state.

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  3. When I was still at school I wrote an article for a school mag' championing the idea of a 'Ministry of Proportions'. It may sound a bit Marxist, but I have always thought there should be a sliding scale for salaries. These days it seems even more important.

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    1. Comrade, I don't mind a bit of Marxism. Sliding scale according to what?

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    2. Brain v brawn perhaps.

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  4. Underpaid? Pensioners and not only aged pensioners, but those on invalid pensions who must have medications and therapies to pay for as well as living costs.
    With living costs continually rising far faster than the meagre twice yearly few dollars pension rise, we oldies are pretty badly off, especially those who smoke and drive. Ciggies and Cars ain't cheap to buy or run. Those of us who are healthy enough to not need a lot of medications or in-home help, well we get by, but there's little or no saving going on. And if we do get a decent rise (ha ha) those of us in public housing see an almost immediate rise in our rents, which puts us right back where we were.
    It's all very well all the smart-arses saying well you should have saved more when you were working, should have put more into super when you were working. I didn't even know about super for many years and when I found out I did start putting some in, but not enough as I needed the money for living costs. Hubby was earning a good wage, but smoking, drinking and gambling took most of it.
    Yeah, I'm in a whinge mood :( I need a nap.

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    1. River, always happy to have you vent on my blog. I know all you are saying, but decent wages for those who are in caring and educational professions is important. I am fortunate in that I was able to catch up on missed super from my earlier working years. Not many had that chance.

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  5. I could not agree with you more about aged care workers. Those people work long hours, with heavy lifting, dealing with elderlies who may be incontinent and losing their language skills. My experience with my late parents is that those (mostly) women deserve a medal. And a pay rise!

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    1. Hels, they do indeed deserve a pay rise. I doubt many enter the profession for any other reason than they care, and they should be rewarded appropriately.

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  6. Totally agree Andrew, teachers, nursing staff and carers should be better paid. I'm always amazed what salaries of CEOs of big companies or some sports stars, what do they do to deserve such huge pay cheques?

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    1. Sami, sports stars is from left field, but I agree with you. Our values and rewards are wrong. I wonder about the country you came from, that is whether it has so many wealthy people as against so poor. It doesn't happen in Scandinavia.

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    2. I think Scandinavian countries are more socialist in their and they have great social security, not a big disparity between people. In Portugal there seems to be a high percentage of people that struggle living on minimum wage, and a handful of people that are very wealthy, which include a lot of the politicians...

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  7. I've just arrived back from Mercy Health Home where their policy is not to contact an Agency if they are short of staff. So at the moment they are short of staff because of illness and work injuries because of this penny pinching policy. It impacts on my mother because she really needs 3 people to put her to bed and made comfortable. She's lucky to have two and they should have double the salary.
    Don't get me on little princess footballers. In the 30s they played for a pittance to feed their families during the depression and they didn't have to have a guide to teach them how to handle money or have manners. Now you've made me so angry I'll have to go and kick the cat.

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    1. Jah Teh, just a shove with the foot will do for the cat. I know nothing about female footballers during the depression years. That is interesting. I have wondering recently about how Mother's children learnt independence at an early age. We had to. Our parents were there to care for us and feed us, and of course see that we were educated, but the freedom we given made us independent at an early age. Early 20th century, kids were adults by the age of 15, almost of an age to be killed by The Hun and to marry and have children.

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  8. Absolutely! I'm sorry but no sportsperson is worth the millions many of them get.. it's sport for goodness sake! Not much makes sense to me these days Andrew, I feel we are slipping into an alternative dimension, and not a good one!

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    1. Grace, the only saving thing is that we won't be around to see the result. Of course it is the duty of the older generation to say the younger generation is screwed, and tell ourselves that it is not our fault.

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  9. You know I didn't mean female footballers, I meant those great hulks who can't seem to stand on their own two feet and have to be told how to treat women as in yes, I want to have wild crazy sex or no, I wouldn't touch you with a barge pole.

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    1. Jaha Teh, I know you don't mean female footballers.

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  10. I agree that those who care and educate should get better pay, but I also think some who educate need to go back to school themselves and learn spelling and grammar.
    I also agree with JahTeh and Grace that the millions paid to sportspeople is way out of line. This has led to too many people playing for the cash, not just because they love to play football. Remember the country town games of the 60s and 70s where the ocal lads would have great time playing a game or two on the local oval, which was ringed with the cars of the townspeople and the players families, all barracking and picnicking together, all just having fun.

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    1. River, yes teacher literacy is a problem. I very fondly remember country football matches from my childhood, and especially the car horns going off when a goal was kicked.

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