Wage increases for lads and workmen.
Part of the Greenwich Local History Library collection.
Edith did well to earn threepence an hour for sewing. If she compared
her pay to the weekly wages of the council's workmen, she would have to
reckon on a 55-hour week. Ten hours a day at threepence an hour would
give her two shillings and sixpence a day. Five full days from Monday
to Friday would make 12s 6d. A half day on Saturday would add one shilling
and threepence making a total of 13s 9d. So Edith was earning about the
same as an orderly boy or yard boy, and less than a stable boy. In 1901,
a person could eat for a week on 2s 6d. A wage of a pound a week would
give a single person a reasonable standard of living. Thirty shillings
a week was enough to support a small family. But many people earned less
than this. Many families could not pay their rent or buy enough food without
going into debt.
Unique ID: H2858