Readers Question: I’m a paper girl and I get £5.50 a week, 7 days a week, 2 rounds a day. Am I the only one that thinks this is a joke?
From: Wages of Paper Boys
It sounds a very bad deal. Maybe you could tell your employer you’ve joined a trade union for paper boys / girls and then demand a minimum wage of £2.00 an hour. If you do 7 hours a week, you should be getting £14 a week.
The minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds is £3.53 min wage 16-17
Also, it might be worth thinking of alternative jobs. Hand washing cars could be quite lucrative. Some people are willing to pay £6 to have their car hand washed and polished. You could offer to do it for £4. Then all you need to do is wash 2 cars a week and you will get more than a 7 time a week paper round.