My first job paid £3.55 an hour.
I worked the nightshift in the Walkers Crisps factory in Lincoln. We got a bit more at weekends, rising to £4.55 for the gruelling 12 hour Sunday night shift: 6pm till 6am.
This was fine for me: I was a student and just needed enough for a year’s worth of beans on toast. I also got a full grant and this was before tuition fees – but that’s another story.
I started at Walkers the same day as Steve. He had just had a baby daughter and I used to wonder how he could provide for her on £3.55 an hour.