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Old 25th February 2015, 17:44
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Pay Rates. Apprentice Engineer

Have just been looking at my Indentured Apprenticeship Contract, signed for the company over a 6d stamp by John Heighway on 19th August 1957 and again on completion on 20th May 1962.
The rates of pay are interesting, see extract from the contract;

Starting salary 105 per annum.
After 1 year 141 per annum.
After 2 years 156 per annum.
After 3 years 177 per annum.
After 4 years 201 per annum.
In addition to the above, when the Apprentice is required by the Company to attend a Technical College, Training Establishment or Engineering Works ashore, the Company is prepared to pay the Apprentice an allowance towards subsistence of 5/4d per day. If it is necessary for the Apprentice to live away from his home locality (which it was), the Company is prepared to consider increasing this allowance to 10/- per day.
During such times as the Apprentice is receiving instruction afloat, the Company will provide free food and accomodation.


I am pleased to confirm that the Company did indeed, always pay me the full 10/- per day, bless 'em!

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Old 25th February 2015, 18:01
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Interesting. I started my Apprenticeship in 1961 with a starting wage of 2-17s-10d for a 44 Hr week (4 hrs on Saturday, part of the normal working week), 2 Weeks holiday as directed by the employer, 4 local days holiday + 1 day on New Years Day, and we worked on Christmas day. Easter was not and still is not a holiday in Aberdeen although the April local holiday tends to coincide with Easter in the last few years.
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Old 25th February 2015, 18:30
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With no prospect of a job at the end of it(they hoped you went to sea).No problem the marine engine works closed down halfway though my apprenticeship as did a lot of similar companies during the 60's.
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Rates had gone up by the time I started in late '64. The Company undertook to pay me 1,000 over the four years, starting price was 16/10/00 per month in the first year. And rates for apprentices and cadets generally rose towards the end of that first year.................. I got a big pay rise, increased to 20 a month for the rest of the first year. I never did work out how much it amounted to over the four years, probably better part of 1,200.
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Old 26th February 2015, 21:31
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Interesting. I started my Apprenticeship in 1961 with a starting wage of 2-17s-10d for a 44 Hr week (4 hrs on Saturday, part of the normal working week), 2 Weeks holiday as directed by the employer, 4 local days holiday + 1 day on New Years Day, and we worked on Christmas day. Easter was not and still is not a holiday in Aberdeen although the April local holiday tends to coincide with Easter in the last few years.
Hi Caledonia. I started my apprenticeship the same year as yourself in Aberdeen. My working hours and holidays were different from those you stated. We worked a 44hr five day week. Holidays were one day April, one July and one September and New Year was three and a half days, this was the result of the July holiday landing with the trades fortnight so half a day was split between them and New Year. I also found my indentures with the rates of wages at the time. They had just been increased, if memory serves me it was the result of a bitter national dispute of Engineering Apprentices the year before.
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