First of all are you a Craftsman or a Labourer… what’s the difference? The difference between a craftsman and a labourer was basically skilled or unskilled labour.
“Skilled labour is the portion of workers in an economy that have specific, technical industry skills relating to business and the production of goods. Engineers, welders, accountants and scientists are a few examples of skilled labour These individuals bring specialized skill sets to the marketplace and are essential in advancing industries through developing new techniques or methods of productions.” ehow.com
“Unskilled labour is the cheaper and less technical portion of the workforce that makes up a large part of an economy’s labour market. This workforce plays the important part of performing daily production tasks that do not require technical abilities. Menial and repetitive tasks are the common workplace of unskilled labour some unskilled labour tasks may include customer-service positions that help consumers when purchasing goods from a company.” ehow.com
The figures given are in old pence, at 240 to the pound sterling.
Figures are per day up to 1846, and per 10 hours subsequently.
|1300-04||3 to 3½||1730-36||22 to 24||15 to 16||1915||90||65|
|1301-50||1½ to 2||1736-73||24||16||1916||93||73|
|1304-08||3½||1773-76||24 to 29||16 to 19||1917||103||83|
|1308-11||3½ to 4||1776-91||29||19||1918||120||95|
|1311-37||4||1791-93||19 to 22||1919||170||140|
|1337-40||3 to 4||1791-96||29 to 36||1920||240||210|
|1350-60||3 to 5||1796-1802||36||1922-23||165||125|
|1350-71||1½ to 3||1799-1802||23||1924-29||180||138|
|1360-1402||5||1802-06||36 to 43||23 to 29||1930||175||133|
|1402-12||5 to 6||3 to 4||1810-46||48||32||1933-34||165||125|
|1532-48||6 to 7||1853-65||34||1937||185||140|
|1545-51||4 to 6||1861-64||56||1938||190||143|
|1548-52||7 to 8||1864-66||56 to 64||1939||195||148|
|1551-80||6 to 8||1866-71||64||1940||210||163|
|1552-61||8 to 10||1866||36||1941||220||173|
|1573-80||10 to 12||1871-73||64 to 72||1943||235||185|
|1626-39||8 to 10||1873-92||72||1946||295||238|
|1629-42||12 to 16||1883-86||48||1947||325||260|
|1639-46||10 to 12||1887||46||1948||330||265|
|1642-55||16 to 18||1888-93||48||1949||335||275|
|1687-1701||18 to 20||1898-1913||80||1952||400||345|
|1693-1701||12 to 14||1906-12||55||1953||420||365|
|1701-10||20 to 22||14 to 15||1913-14||60||1954||445||390|
MrC and I have both worked on both sides of the list, skilled and unskilled. At the moment MrC works as a Carer so he would be classed as skilled.This means an annual wage of 210 (pence… and per day) in 1940… which is £13,600.00 per year today. Obviously we get more than that today. Cost of living and a rise in minimum wage means although £13600 is the modern day equivalent of the 210p a day in 1940, it isn’t really a good reflection of an adult annual wage (for skilled work) today for a craftsman. I got paid about that when I was just out of college and living with my mum… 12 years ago (as a data entry clerk). The tool I used to work out what the modern equivalent is below… in a link.
Ever wondered what something cost years ago… or what the value of an amount would be today? Well heres the link to do it. Go on you’ll want to see what your wage was in 1940… I bet you would have been better off than the labourer if not the craftsmen.
Live in 1940 and need to boost your income? Well if I had decided to work in a factory while the kids were at school in the 1940s I would have been paid £2 to £3 per week. Not allot now, £85 to £128 a week (For full time work)… but every little bit helps.