Jobs at new New Cross cafe

BCer Fabhat let's us know of a job opportunity at a new social enterprise cafe in New Cross. Here are the details:

Anybody know people who would be interested in being a Chef (£15k a year for 32.5 hours) or a Cafe Assistant (£6.50 per hour for 20-25 hours per week, but will probably be more as the cafe develops) for a Social Enterprise Cafe in New Cross? Direct them to the Social Enterprise Manager (Luke Hamilton) via luke@toucanemployment.org

15 comments:

Peter Thornton said...

How on earth is anyone supposed to live on that kind of salary? I did jobs like that as a student and £6.50 an hour was fine when you didn't have children - how are you supposed to have a family on that kind of wage though?

CB said...

http://www.livingwage.org.uk/
A 'social enterprise'(?) that underpays its staff...neither socially conscious nor enterprising...

yosser said...

It sounds fine for a local student, especially if it is walking distance.

Ruth _ said...

You ought to check out band 2/3 NHS salaries for 37.5 hrs.... These figures quoted here are commonplace!

Brockley Nick said...

I agree that social enterprises should not get a special pass in terms of how it looks after its staff. However, for a start-up, every penny counts. They can probably expect to be loss-making for a while. Job creation is a noble aim and so long as they up the wages when times are better, I think you need to cut them some slack.

Peter Thornton said...

I don't doubt it Ruth - the armies of cleaners in offices throughout London will be on similar pay also. It's depressing that people have to get by on such meagre wages though.

Peter Thornton said...

I think there are probably too many hours in these jobs for a student - 20 hours a week working is going to detract too much from your studies (or leave you completely knackered which I suppose if you're desperate might be your only option).

CB said...

Additionally, one of the jobs is for a Chef - presumably with some level of experience and qualification - i.e. not your standard (and increasingly rare) young-undergrad-who'll-do-anything-for-some-money...

cil said...

The chef's salary is more than our teaching assistants get, and they work with considerable skill to support some very challenging youngsters. But I agree, not nearly enough... for either the chef or the TAs. We still get loads of applicants though; sign of hard times.

RB said...

That's very telling about the privileged attitude of people that live in Brockley - you're not mandated to have children

Yim said...

What if they can't afford to pay more than that? It's hardly a goldmine.

Peter Thornton said...

Yeah I'm priviliged compared to someone on £15k or £6.50 an hour. I think that people like to have the option to do all sorts of things and scraping by on £6.50 an hour doesn't give you that freedom and that includes having children.
I would like to see far greater equality and wealth redistribution.

Peter Thornton said...

I'm not really directing my criticism at this particular enterprise - more at the system that means that in one of the world's most expensive cities people have to work for such a low wage.

Headhunter said...

When I were a lad doing my A Levels and even in my 1st job after uni (whilst I was training in teaching) I was paid £3-£3.50 an hour! This was pre minimum wage but it wasn't that long ago. £6.50 would have seemed like riches beyond my wildest dreams!


Having said that, at salaries like this, living in London, it's gotta be hard to keep up with the rent and you're never going to have a hope in hell of buying your own home

50 something said...

I am an out of work 50 something year old woman and I would do anything to get this job, i really need a job but because of my age no-one is willing to employ me so i am left with no option but to sign on and i am finding that so embarrassing, I have been out of work for 3 months now and because I have never signed on before i filled out the job search wrong and they have suspended my payments, I have had no money for nearly 2 months now and they will not help me. So this job option sounds great to me. I am English born and breed and this country has done nothing for me.

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