Originally Posted by steadyeddie
.......£150 a day sounds ok but if theres no leave pay or digs or travel it works out less than the minimum wage !!!
It is really not very helpful to the work force or to employers to make such an inaccurate statement
Minimum wage is £6.08/hr
If you were earning £150 a day and you worked 24 hours a day you are still being paid more than minimum wage.
If you worked 12 hours a day at this rate you would be earning twice the minimum wage
If you were on a 8 hour day then three times the minimum wage.
You don't really have to do any particularly complicated sums to see that even allowing for some holiday pay someone on more than twice the minimum wage would still be earning well in excess of the minimum wage.
Minimum wage has no bearing on travel, we all have to pay to get to work regardless of what we earn.
Put it in to perspective. If you worked a 5 day week at £150 a year and had 28 days off, you would be taking home nearly £35,000 a year before tax- some how i think this is considerably more than the minimum wage.
The truth of the matter is a newly qualified Yachtmaster earning £150 a day should be very happy. Day charters generally pay considerably less than this and delivery work is very competitive and often less.
Commercial world generally pays more than the leisure world and has a totally different working environment.
My advise would be to focus the next 12 months on experience, I am not saying work for free but it would be naive to think an employer is keen to let a newly qualified skipper look after his customers and or his craft.