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Technicians are under appreciated

Discussion in 'Science' started by Teslasmate, May 29, 2019.

  1. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

  2. msuxg

    msuxg New commenter

    NB if the £8,917 salary they quote is after pro-rata, then I think the equivalent full time, 37 hour week salary is c.£16,300.
  3. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    But a lot of what techies do happens outside of teaching hours. I recall that when I was a lab tech the holidays were often our busiest time as we did all the repairs and maintenance that we couldn't do when the labs were in use.
  4. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    It looks like its 3 days a week, or equivalent. Or maybe just 9-3, 5 days a week, not even quite that! Not required in school holidays at all.

    Market forces...these are the dream hours for thousands upon thousands of mothers of primary age children. They will be swamped with applications.

    Jobs like that are like gold dust
  5. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    this job is assistant technician though. There will be others full time.
  6. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    They are not even asking for any qualifications, just a willingness to learn. Its probably a fair wage. I'd like to look for something like that once I've retired.
  7. BW12345

    BW12345 Lead commenter

    Looks near minimum wage to me, the same as a supermarket shelf-filler, for "a range of lab skills". You may be right Dunnocks about supply and demand.
    Maybe they'll get someone young where min wage is less.
  8. Hebe2

    Hebe2 New commenter

    I don't agree, because even though it is term time only, there will surely be holiday pay plus bank holiday pay and maybe even INSET days pay. So based on being paid for 43 weeks per year the FTE salary is probably more like £13,795, quite a bit below minimum wage.
    Dunnocks, there are plenty of part-time jobs pay more than this for parents of school age children. The job is becoming increasingly stressful with under-staffing, to the point of being unsafe and I completely agree with Teslamate "The contempt for technical knowledge and skill is palpable."

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