So how much do you earn a day? After it emerged Bill Gates makes ￡7.1million a day, we reveal what workers from a lollipop lady to a private detective get
- We compared Bill Gates' eye-watering daily income to more everyday jobs
- A lollipop lady makes ￡4.70 a day while one chief executive makes ￡61,644 a day
- There were some surpises on the list - a detective agency boss takes home ￡400?
Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates takes home a staggering ￡7.1million every day, it has been revealed?- but how does his daily wage compare to more everyday jobs??
We compared the billionaire's eye-watering income to workers including a lollipop lady (￡4.70 a day), a call centre operative (￡45 a day) and a chief executive (￡61,644 a day) to see just how far the gap between the very top and the rest of us is.?
And there were some surprises on the list with a detective agency boss takinf home ￡400 a day.
Lollipop Lady, ￡4.70 a day
Lorraine Robinson, 63, lives in Clevedon, Somerset, with her husband David, 63, and their two sons.
My husband is retired and on incapacity benefits which bring in ￡211 a month, and I work five hours a week and earn ￡142 a month.?
Our two sons live at home and they pay the rent and council tax on our three-bedroom house from their earnings but it’s still a struggle.
I’ve really noticed how expensive food has become — or rather, how much smaller the packs are.?
A few years ago, a packet of oven chips would last all week. Now I have to buy two packets, costing twice as much as one old one.
I love my job, which really suits me well.?
But life isn’t easy.
Lorraine Robinson, 63, lives in Clevedon, Somerset, with her husband David, 63, and their two sons. She earns ￡4.70 a day
Community Librarian, ￡42 a day
Sophie Castle, 35, lives in Maidstone. She is married and has one daughter, Alex, two.
I work part-time — three days a week for just under ￡100 a shift — but being in the public sector I haven’t had a pay rise since 2010. My husband also works part-time because it was the best way for us to share looking after Alex — but he works for the local authority too, as a customer services officer for another library service, so he hasn’t had a pay rise either.
We recently extended the mortgage on our three-bedroom semi to reduce our payments from ￡700 a month to ￡550.?
There isn’t much left at the end of the month, so we have stopped treats like takeaways and rely on Netflix rather than nights out (there’s no babysitter to pay then, either).
Call Centre Operative, ￡45 a day
Samantha Turnbull, 41, from Ashford in Kent, lives with partner Jonathan Griffin, 48, a butcher, and their children Rafferty, 12, and Morgan, 16.
I did a teaching degree and was a teaching assistant for ten years but then my son was ill for a time and I needed a less stressful job — although actually my ￡16,500 salary means I now earn about ￡400 a month more than I did in the classroom.
We rent our three-bed semi and there is no realistic chance of us buying somewhere. We can’t save and don’t have savings — the money we earn between us takes us slightly over the tax credit limit, so we work to live and save hard for special occasions such as Christmas.’
Call Centre Operative?Samantha Turnbull, 41, from Ashford in Kent, lives with partner Jonathan Griffin, 48, a butcher, and their children Rafferty, 12, and Morgan, 16. She earns ￡45 a day
Home Care Assistant, ￡46 a day
Izzy Jones, 25, lives in Northampton with husband Luke, 25, a site manager, and children Eva, four, and Jack, two.
We used to pay crippling childcare costs of ￡350 a week. Now, to get around this, I work evenings and Luke works during the day. I also work every other weekend, so we pass like ships in the night.
We rent at the moment, paying ￡700 a month, and we still have about ￡8,000 of debt. We don’t have many treats. The Government needs to do more to help. We are just over the child tax credit threshold and there is no help with childcare for children who are two and under.
I earn ￡16,800 a year and my husband earns ￡25,000 but a single mum on benefits would be better off than us.
Home Care Assistant Izzy Jones, 25, lives in Northampton with husband Luke, 25, a site manager, and children Eva, four, and Jack, two. She earns ￡46 a day
Online Start-up, ￡49 a day
Beth Belshaw, 37, runs Sweethearts Hair Design. She lives in Stoke-on-Trent with husband Alan, 36, and children Abby, eight, and Baylee, four.
I started an online hair tutorial company two years ago as a bit of a hobby but very quickly the idea caught on and we now employ ten staff and have a turnover of ￡380,000, which means I can pay myself an annual salary of ￡18,000.
My husband was earning ￡60,000 a year working for a company building offshore wind farms but he gave up his job to join me in the business.
Even though things are going well — we have 2.5 million followers across social media — we can’t save at the moment. Everything we make we re-invest in the company. Normally we have a holiday abroad each year but this year we decided against it.
We plan to be very successful and Brexit is helping — the weaker pound means our prices are very attractive to overseas markets.’
Self-Employed Gardener, ￡55 a day
Joyce Goodwin, 57, lives in St Albans, Herts. Divorced, she has two adult children.
I work full-time and absolutely love what I do. The problem for me isn’t lack of work.
I don’t have a mortgage and my biggest outgoings are vet’s bills for my two Great Danes, plus I’ve always made sure I had rainy-day money — I relied on that when I had an accident and was off work for six months. I have a daughter in Canada and another in Ibiza, so I go to see them.
Self-Employed Gardener Joyce Goodwin, 57, lives in St Albans, Herts. Divorced, she has two adult children. She earns ￡55 a day
Operating Theatre Support Worker, ￡59 a day
Victoria Deacon, 32, lives in Croydon, with her husband and two children.
With a combined salary of around ￡50,000 — I earn ￡21,833 a year and my husband works full-time in sales — we seem to be managing. We mortgaged our two-bed semi when interest rates were low, so that cut our repayments.
Our children are only four and six years old but I’m lucky that my parents help look after them, so I don’t need to pay for after-school care or cover during the school holidays.
I did once build up debts of ￡15,000 just through spending beyond my means, and it has taken me five years to pay that back. But lately I have learnt to be really savvy, looking at deals with 0 per cent finance.
Nurse, ￡60 a day
Liv Sexton, 25, is a mental health nurse. She lives in Manchester.
I share a house with four other people. After a monthly rent of ￡105, household bills and paying off my student debt, there’s very little left to treat myself from my annual salary of ￡21,900.?
I frequently take on extra shifts, working up to 50 hours a week to keep my head above water. I’m struggling to manage by the end of the second week of the month.
I’m passionate about my job but it is extremely demanding. I certainly didn’t go into it for the money but it’s very disheartening when you’re into overdraft by the end of each month.
Nurse?Liv Sexton, 25, is a mental health nurse. She lives in Manchester. She earns ￡60 a day
Part-time Teacher, ￡64 a day
Natalie Silver, 38, lives in Borehamwood, Herts, with her husband, a software engineer, and their three children.
Even though my husband has a decent job, without the ￡23,400 I earn we wouldn’t manage. We have a mortgage on our three-bed semi and although the house is now worth ￡500,000, it’s not really big enough. We could do with an extra bedroom but it’s too expensive to move.
We work to earn but it’s important we have a holiday once a year. The biggest problem is not being able to save. We want to be able to help our kids when they are older and want to go to university.
Part-time Teacher?Natalie Silver, 38, lives in Borehamwood, Herts, with her husband, a software engineer, and their three children. She earns ￡64 a day
Retired Financial Adviser, ￡65 a day
Peter Cartwright, 55, lives in West Yorkshire with his wife Janet, 53, a part-time shop assistant. They have two adult children and one granddaughter.
I retired two years ago on grounds of ill health but thankfully this hasn’t created financial difficulties because my pension pays out about ￡24,000 a year.
We don’t have a mortgage on our four-bed detached house and our biggest outgoing is council tax, which is ￡160 a month.
My wife and I live a very simple life —we don’t have expensive hobbies or luxury holidays. Instead we like to help our daughter by paying for clothes and other bits for our 21-month-old granddaughter, Zoe. Our daughter and her partner, who works on a farm, don’t earn a great deal. It’s the next generation, not mine, that I feel sorry for.
Retired Financial Adviser?Peter Cartwright, 55, lives in West Yorkshire with his wife Janet, 53, a part-time shop assistant. They have two adult children and one granddaughter. He earns ￡65 a day
Telecoms Engineer, ￡79 a day
David Penny, 45, lives with wife Lindsey, 46, in Surrey. They have two children, Nellie, ten, and Edward, four.
While I’ve never earned a vast amount, when my wife was working full-time we had some wriggle room. She has recently suffered health problems, though, which means I am now responsible for covering all the bills.
I make ￡29,300 a year and we live in a three-bed terrace. We probably have about 31 years left on our mortgage, which is a pretty depressing thought.
We have always been careful with money but inflation has begun to bite into our finely tuned budget. I worry about our future.
Office Manager, ￡82 a day
Yvonne McCool, 49, lives with two of her three children in South London.
After the breakdown of my marriage, I found myself having to go back to work after six years out and it was daunting, to say the least.
The biggest killer for me is my rent — the private market in my area would have been ￡500-plus a week, so I had no choice but to get council-assisted housing, which at ￡270 still chews up a lot of my income, which is less than ￡2,000 after tax. After bills and living costs I am pretty much left with nothing at the end of each month.
I have no clear picture of financial times ahead but I want to get out of the hole I’m in.
Office Manager?Yvonne McCool, 49, lives with two of her three children in South London. She earns ￡82 a day
Architect, ￡95 a day
Miguel Medina, 28, lives in South London.
I came to Britain from Spain two years ago. I’m a qualified architect and was attracted to the healthy construction market here, and I’ve been able to earn ￡35,000 a year. Education is free in Spain so I don’t have any student debt.
My biggest outgoing is the rent on my one-bed flat, which is ￡1,350 a month. Commuting costs about ￡120.?
I manage to save about ￡200 a month, though. I would like to buy a property here but want to wait and see what happens. There is still a lot of uncertainty around.
Architect?Miguel Medina, 28, lives in South London. He earns ￡95 a day
IT Developer, ￡95 a day
Simon Hilder, 28, lives with his partner in Manchester.
Even though I earn a decent salary of ￡35,000 a year, I have only just started saving because I had debts going back several years which ran up to ￡15,000. Some were related to general living expenses but I also bought a car which turned out to have expensive mechanical problems.
I was ill last year and had to take six months off work, so I had to manage on sick pay for a while. I still have ￡25,000 of student debt to repay but I live with my girlfriend and we split our ￡900-a-month rent. I’m not frivolous with money but I do want to enjoy life.
Marketing Manager, ￡110 a day
Tom Bourlet, 30, is single and works for The Stag Company. He lives in Hove, East Sussex.
I’m very lucky to earn a good salary of ￡40,000 a year organising stag trips around the world, so I feel comfortable with my job situation and optimistic about my prospects.?
I rent a shared flat and pay ￡535 a month. In January I told myself I really needed to start thinking about saving for a deposit — and in fact I looked at a flat the other week. But I live in Hove, which is a pricey part of the South, and I’d need about ￡30,000 for the deposit.
Anyway, I’m addicted to travel and as soon as I hear about a new place I’d like to visit, I’m off. Only last month I ate into my savings to the tune of ￡2,000 to go to Thailand and Bali for three weeks. I don’t have any dependents and have a great quality of life — I’m just trying to enjoy it while I can.
Marketing Manager?Tom Bourlet, 30, is single and works for The Stag Company. He lives in Hove, East Sussex. He earns ￡110 a day
Managing Director, ￡219 a day
Ian McCauley, 42, lives in Welling, South-East London, with his fiancee Nadine, 45. They have three children between them.
We’re lucky that my ￡80,000 salary means Nadine can stay at home. It also means we don’t have to pay for childcare. But with three children and a ￡1,000-a-month mortgage on a three-bed terrace we still have to be careful.
Food seems especially expensive — we no longer have the Ocado delivery service and shop at Lidl instead. That has saved about ￡50 a week. Entertaining kids at the weekend is expensive too — if we go to an attraction as a family it can cost ￡100, so we’ve cut back a bit on that.
Sales Director, ￡287 a day
Mark Alder, 52, lives with his partner in Guildford, Surrey.
I have worked solidly since leaving university 30 odd years ago, reaching a point where I now earn a very comfortable salary of ￡105,000 a year.
My partner and I have been together for over 20 years and outside work we’re really able to enjoy life. We don’t have children or debts and the mortgage on our ￡800,000 three-bedroom Victorian house is around ￡500 a month.
We do live in the expensive London commuter belt but I feel comforted knowing that if I wanted to retire somewhere a little cheaper, we could.
I started my working life as a building society manager so being careful with money is in my DNA, although we can afford nice holidays and weekends away. I think, overall, I have been one of the lucky generation.
Detective Agency Founder, ￡400 a day
Rebecca Jane, 32, runs the Lady Detective Agency, a team of female private investigators. She is divorced and lives with her children Paris, 11, and Peaches, four, in Clitheroe, Lancashire.
I have worked very hard to build up my company and I’m glad to say my family are enjoying the rewards. The real trick to getting by is to rein in personal spending, which I think is where a lot of people go wrong. They blame the Government rather than taking responsibility.
I used to be just as bad. Until last year I was eating out with the children every day, spending up to ￡600 a week. Now we don’t do that our food outgoings have tumbled.
We live in a rented four-bedroom Georgian manor house, even though I own another property. We needed somewhere bigger and I wasn’t able to sell our previous home because it has negative equity of about ￡40,000. But it does yield a decent rent, which covers a lot of my own rent. With a salary of ￡146,000, things are pretty stable.
Detective Agency Founder?Rebecca Jane, 32, runs the Lady Detective Agency, a team of female private investigators. She earns ￡400 a day
Digital Entrepreneur, ￡13,698 a day
Lee Dentith, 43, is the founder and chief executive of Now HealthCare. He lives in a seven-bedroom house in Prestbury, Cheshire, with his wife Victoria, 41. They have four children aged ten to 23 and a granddaughter.
I left school at 16 but I now draw a ￡5 million annual salary and my company, which offers digital healthcare technology, is expected to be valued at ￡250 million within the next 18 months. Obviously I’m able to reap the rewards of that: my children have been privately educated and we live in a lovely home set in five acres, with a swimming pool. It’s how I most enjoy my money, since home is the heart of my life.
What costs most in my line of work is staff turnover and training. More young people may be going to university but they are not leaving education with the skills needed to function in a digital world.
Digital Entrepreneur?Lee Dentith, 43, is the founder and chief executive of Now HealthCare. He earns?￡13,698 a day
Chief Executive, ￡61,644 a day
Chris Phillips, 32, is the CEO and co-founder of Just Develop It. He lives in an eight-bedroom house in Portsmouth, Hampshire, with his partner Brittany, 25, and they are expecting their first child. He has a son, Jesse, six, from a previous relationship.
At first glance I seem to earn a fortune and I do — or rather, my company does. Last year my share of the profits was ￡22.5 million.
I have a lovely lifestyle — our home has a swimming pool and bowling alley — but everything I earn I plough back into our company. I’m even re-mortgaging my house to invest in private aviation, a new area of our business.
I dropped out of school after struggling with dyslexia and started my first business in my bedroom at the age of 16 with an online football scores website.
I made my first million at 18. I agree with Chancellor Philip Hammond that small businesses are under great pressure at the moment, so it’s vital that we provide the right funding to allow them to flourish.
Chief Executive?Chris Phillips, 32, is the CEO and co-founder of Just Develop It. He lives in an eight-bedroom house in Portsmouth, Hampshire. He earns?￡61,644 a day
- Daily pay figures were calculated by dividing gross annual salary by 365.
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