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  • moggsy 11 Feb 2009 12:44:57 3,859 posts
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    Being put on a 4 day week from 1st March - i.e. a 20% pay cut :-(

    Doesn't bode well.
  • MrSensible 11 Feb 2009 12:51:18 25,787 posts
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    Just over six weeks and I lose my job.

    Despite having to sign on for the first time, I'm looking forward to it. I hate my current job and it's making me into a very depressed and miserable person at times. Emotionally I'll be all the better for losing it.
  • Deleted user 11 February 2009 12:54:08
    Christ, signing on, what a depressing thing that was. Good luck in the job hunting.
  • urban 11 Feb 2009 12:55:37 11,551 posts
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    i'm already there

    =] been unemployed for ooo 4 months now and still have managed to escape signing on

    thank fuck for child smuggling
  • MrSensible 11 Feb 2009 12:56:54 25,787 posts
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    Thanks! Been looking for things for a while already to be honest but haven't really had any luck.
  • figgis 11 Feb 2009 12:57:43 7,474 posts
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    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    Despite having to sign on for the first time, I'm looking forward to it.

    The hours are great, the money less so.
  • mcmonkeyplc 11 Feb 2009 12:58:40 39,937 posts
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    Unemployment could reach 3M before this turns around :(

    What is the dole these days? 2p?
  • MrSensible 11 Feb 2009 13:18:46 25,787 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    Unemployment could reach 3M before this turns around :(

    What is the dole these days? 2p?

    Close. My girlfriend gets 40 a week, or something like that. They also wouldn't give her any housing allowance as since she lives with me we are 'common law man and wife' and I'm supposed to provide for us both on 7 an hour.

    Uhh, right. Idiots.
  • DaM 11 Feb 2009 13:36:02 14,295 posts
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    urban wrote:
    i'm already there

    =] been unemployed for ooo 4 months now and still have managed to escape signing on

    That sucks :( It's so demoralising.

    urban wrote:thank fuck for child smuggling

    Got any Chinese ones? I'm looking for hard workers who don't eat much.

    Not sure what your backgrounds are guys, but have you tried joining industry forums, and touting yourself like a whore?

    Got me a job twice!
  • mcmonkeyplc 11 Feb 2009 13:36:18 39,937 posts
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    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    Unemployment could reach 3M before this turns around :(

    What is the dole these days? 2p?

    Close. My girlfriend gets 40 a week, or something like that. They also wouldn't give her any housing allowance as since she lives with me we are 'common law man and wife' and I'm supposed to provide for us both on 7 an hour.

    Uhh, right. Idiots.

    What the fuck?! 40 a week?! That's barely enough to feed you! Where do you live?
  • MrSensible 11 Feb 2009 13:38:49 25,787 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    Unemployment could reach 3M before this turns around :(

    What is the dole these days? 2p?

    Close. My girlfriend gets 40 a week, or something like that. They also wouldn't give her any housing allowance as since she lives with me we are 'common law man and wife' and I'm supposed to provide for us both on 7 an hour.

    Uhh, right. Idiots.

    What the fuck?! 40 a week?! That's barely enough to feed you! Where do you live?

    TBH I might be wrong - I think it might be as much as a whopping 45 a week.

    I live in Liverpool.

    But yeah that doesn't pay for anything really. It's gone within seconds of getting it.

    EDIT: Yep, it's 45 a week as she gets it bi-weekly and it's 90.
  • mcmonkeyplc 11 Feb 2009 13:54:39 39,937 posts
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    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    Unemployment could reach 3M before this turns around :(

    What is the dole these days? 2p?

    Close. My girlfriend gets 40 a week, or something like that. They also wouldn't give her any housing allowance as since she lives with me we are 'common law man and wife' and I'm supposed to provide for us both on 7 an hour.

    Uhh, right. Idiots.

    What the fuck?! 40 a week?! That's barely enough to feed you! Where do you live?

    TBH I might be wrong - I think it might be as much as a whopping 45 a week.

    I live in Liverpool.

    But yeah that doesn't pay for anything really. It's gone within seconds of getting it.

    EDIT: Yep, it's 45 a week as she gets it bi-weekly and it's 90.

    That's better! 40 is just not enough to even breathe!
  • StringBeanJean 11 Feb 2009 13:57:34 1,788 posts
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    Not due to the recession, but I'm out on my arse as soon as Gordon calls the general election (I'm an MPs assistant). Boss is retiring and not much chance of Labour retaining the seat in any case. I wouldn't mind, but it seems jobhunting just got a whole lot harder.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 11 Feb 2009 13:57:47 27,683 posts
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    Think it's about 62 a week round these parts (didn't actually realise it changed).
  • MrSensible 11 Feb 2009 13:58:17 25,787 posts
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    The extra fiver made the difference? :D
  • StarchildHypocrethes 11 Feb 2009 14:00:14 27,683 posts
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    Revealed:

    mcmomkey has an non-negotiable 45 a week habit.
  • Psychotext 11 Feb 2009 14:01:21 57,689 posts
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    Was just thinking, I've never actually signed on... even when I was out of work for just over a year. I'm sure it would be an experience. :)
  • StarchildHypocrethes 11 Feb 2009 14:04:21 27,683 posts
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    I don't really understand why people don't.

    You get a bit of cash to live off, plus can get your rent paid in most cases. All for spending an hour or so one day going down to set it up and then checking in once every couple of weeks or so.

    Is it because other job seekers scare you?
  • MrSensible 11 Feb 2009 14:05:20 25,787 posts
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    I'll be signing on straight away, I don't have any other choice. My bank currently contains a spare 20 but that's it :D
  • StarchildHypocrethes 11 Feb 2009 14:07:56 27,683 posts
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    Damned straight!

    I was actually fairly impressed when I was forced to. Spent a few months on it after being made redundant a couple of years back. When it happened I thought I was fucked, but pretty much everything is covered one way or another, especially as I paid protection on my loan, so even that was paid.
  • warlockuk 11 Feb 2009 14:17:14 19,302 posts
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    It's the fiiinal countdooown
    DEEDLE-EE-DOOO
    DEEDLE-EE-DOOO-DOOO!
  • mcmonkeyplc 11 Feb 2009 14:20:31 39,937 posts
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    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    The extra fiver made the difference? :D

    You said bi-weekly so 90 didn't you?
  • StarchildHypocrethes 11 Feb 2009 14:21:28 27,683 posts
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    As in every two weeks, I think he meant.
  • Psychotext 11 Feb 2009 14:21:39 57,689 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    Is it because other job seekers scare you?
    Just didn't feel right... and no, I have no idea why. I suspect part of it is because I decided to get a few qualifications whilst I was unemployed and as I never got benefits in uni maybe it seemed the same. :)
  • MrSensible 11 Feb 2009 14:28:35 25,787 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    The extra fiver made the difference? :D

    You said bi-weekly so 90 didn't you?


    Yeah 90 bi-weekly. So that's the equivalent of 45 per week.
  • MetalDog 11 Feb 2009 14:30:08 23,928 posts
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    If I didn't /need/ to sign on during fits of unemployment, I wouldn't either. It's demoralising as hell.
  • nickthegun 11 Feb 2009 14:32:05 64,541 posts
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    I think you need to do it for NI contributions or you get bummed when you do need money.
  • mcmonkeyplc 11 Feb 2009 14:33:38 39,937 posts
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    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    The extra fiver made the difference? :D

    You said bi-weekly so 90 didn't you?


    Yeah 90 bi-weekly. So that's the equivalent of 45 per week.

    Oh fucking hell I need to go back to school. I cant count.

    Yeah 45 a week. That's shit. I thought you meant you she got it twice a week.
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