Opinion: A look at the issues of the day

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 September 2017

Steve Allen. Picture: Paul Bennett

Steve Allen. Picture: Paul Bennett


Bad news – Mario is no longer a plumber

Have you had a pay rise?

If you work in the public sector the answer is likely to be no.

If you work in radio the answer is likely to be, “What’s a pay rise?” And in general wages haven’t been keeping up with the price of things.

Good news for some as new figures reveal electricians are doing very well indeed.

Research has found electricians are earning around £156,000 a year. Plumbers and bricklayers are also doing well.

I can believe that. I had a new boiler put in just last week so know full well the feeling of someone round your house who is technically working for you but you know they’re earning so much more than you.

These trades have seen a 10 per cent rise in the past 12 months. Good news for them but bad news for the rest of us.

Now when a workman says, “Ooooh, it’ll cost ya,” it must be expensive if they think it’s dear, because they’re loaded.

In part it is because of a shortage of skilled workers. Just last week Nintendo said Mario was officially not a plumber anymore so you see how bad this is getting.

There is also a rise in demand for tradesmen because we are building new homes.

I mention this because many of the people who join in with my radio show are tradesmen. All of a sudden I’m a conduit to the well-off market. I invite advertisers.

There’s money to be made flogging Gucci spanners and D&G bottom cleavage-revealing jeans.

At £156,000 it’s more than the £150,000 that the prime minister earns and they’re not comparable professions. One is a job where you make promises, don’t always deliver and somehow take money out of the pocket of the general public, and the other... Oh.

Tune into Steve’s weekday show on Time 107.5 FM from 2-4pm.

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