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Old 29 October 2007, 18:13   #1
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I was looking at an ad for a YM qualified instructor recently and noticed that the salary on offer was only 15-17k which hardly seems a living wage these days.

Is that typical in the industry, and if so how do people manage?
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Old 29 October 2007, 18:53   #2
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I was looking at an ad for a YM qualified instructor recently and noticed that the salary on offer was only 15-17k which hardly seems a living wage these days.

Is that typical in the industry, and if so how do people manage?
It is actually above most definitions of a living wage, e.g. Ken Livingston suggests a rate of 7.10/hr which assuming a 40 hr week is < 15k per annum. And that rate is assuming London living costs.

However I am not disputing your point that from the outside it seems relatively low for a relatively specialist role - but market forces will dictate... if there are a surplus of candidates doing what (from the outside) seems like a fun job the rate will be low.
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Yes it is typical in this Country. Its a hard job as your away for 5 days every week (as a sailing instructor) and you have the added responsibility of getting the yacht and students back in one piece !

If you decide to work abroad as a skipper on similar vessels you can double the amount. If you go further up the ladder of qualifications and experience you can earn 3 to 5+ times the amount.
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I would love to see Ken and his cronies live on that in London.

If that is true why do they see fit to give a local Swansea woman 45,000 a year in benefits for herself and her 3 kids???

Coming back to the original point qualifications don't always = better pay. Most plumbers for example will earn far more than sailing instructors or even scientists with a phd!!!
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I would love to see Ken and his cronies live on that in London.

If that is true why do they see fit to give a local Swansea woman 45,000 a year in benefits for herself and her 3 kids???

Coming back to the original point qualifications don't always = better pay. Most plumbers for example will earn far more than sailing instructors or even scientists with a phd!!!
Yep but most people can't fix a leaking tap etc so supply and demand and most plumbers are qualified.

Our local plumbers charge around 40.00 hour plus an hour on top for callout
but they do turn up in a van with all of the gear for the job look the part in clean overalls and sweep up after themselves bargain

I've worked as a sailing/windsurfing instructor, the pay was not the best but you made a living and we had plenty of perks with the job
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Agreed pay isn't everything - I would fly fast jets for nothing!!!
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Qualified Plumbers have been trained longer than most sailing Instructors so why shouldn't they get paid more.

The easiest way of becoming a rich person working in the pleasure boat industry is to satrt off as a very rich one.
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The easiest way of becoming a rich person working in the pleasure boat industry is to satrt off as a very rich one.
And watch your self get poorer every year
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