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Salary differential between white and blue collar in services sector....

In a services driven economy like United Kingdom, it is quite interesting to note the salary differentials between white collar professionals and blue collar workers. My experience is limited. I work in a retail shop that pays £ 6.84 per hour for sales assistants. A quick calculation would reveal a part time staff working 20 hours will earn £ 593 per month and full timer (37.5 hours) will earn £ 1,110 per month.
As against, a fresher in leading accounting firms are known to be paid between £24,000 and £ 27,000 per annum, which roughly translates into £ 2000 per month. It is universally never more than £ 50,000 per annum in any sector for freshers. Not much of a salary differential if you consider that a sales assistant could be anyone who has completed 11th year of or 13th year schooling and a fresher in accounting firm would have spent three to five years of additional studying.
Though the salary increase for a guy in an accounting firm would be fast compared to the guy in retail store. However, unlike in many countries, there is tremendous scope for sales assistants to become managers.
Two things stand out: the salary divide between blue collar and white collar professionals is not that big atleast in the initial stages. The multiple is less than 3 or 4. Second, there is no 'non-merit' barriers for career growth potential and employability,

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Ramnath said…
There are two other metrics you have to look at. Salaray cost as a % of total cost. And business/employee. These might explain the gap.

And also, in blogger settings, in comments settings page, activate word verification. That might help you to bring down the spam comments.

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