Fujifilm - More good news for Teesside (Billingham)

SmallTown

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Also have never been on a 'site' that has so many female employees. Quite often young post PhD scientists in their mid 20's . Major advantage (or disadvantage if you are married).
Glad to see that hasn’t changed! Was the same when I worked there 20 years ago!

it’s good news the place is expanding
 

Simply red

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I’ve been there over 10 years and normally only stick out about 5. Don’t think I’ll ever leave . Good pension , great holidays , private healthcare , annual bonus , flexible working, does local charity work. High profile ….. I really like it . Do you know what dwparment ?
Don't know what dept yet, productions technologist was the title, although they said it's production worker at the interview.
 

BillyBoyStu

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Corcaigh_the_Cat

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I would think there would be a mixture of jobs with different wages.
Had a quick look on the current job listings in Billingham and they range from £23,662 for a Research Scientist to £60,000 for Global business Owner.
Lots of jobs in the £40 to 50,000 brackets.

Out of interest would you class these as low paid for Billingham?

https://diosynthcareers-fujifilmeu.icims.com/jobs/search?ss=1&searchLocation=13702--Billingham
I'd see Billingham as part of the UK with wages to reflect that, not as a cheap labour outpost.

I had a quick look, 'competitive salary' for the engineer job I clicked on, highly skilled role with qualifications to a decent level.
 

BillyBoyStu

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I'd see Billingham as part of the UK with wages to reflect that, not as a cheap labour outpost.

I had a quick look, 'competitive salary' for the engineer job I clicked on, highly skilled role with qualifications to a decent level.
You didn't really answer my question or maybe I didnt understand your reply - are you saying they are low paid jobs?
 

Redwurzel

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Whats average pay on Teesside - £25k gross?

When there are threads on ticket prices there are lots of posters saying Teesside is a low pay area - I would guess they mean £25k or less.

If the average skilled vacancy is around £40k (£23 to £60k range) I would say that is the bottom end of high pay and certainly wel above the average for the area.
 

motownjunk

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Whats average pay on Teesside - £25k gross?

When there are threads on ticket prices there are lots of posters saying Teesside is a low pay area - I would guess they mean £25k or less.

If the average skilled vacancy is around £40k (£23 to £60k range) I would say that is the bottom end of high pay and certainly wel above the average for the area.
These bottom range jobs 23k ones , require minimum a relevant science degree. I work in this field and these are not well paid jobs. They are wanting experience on top if possible but i suspect only fresh graduates would take up these roles on those sort of wages. The engineers and top end managers will be paid more . But most of the jobs are in the bottom range. Average full time uk wage is around 39k. Middlesbrough its around 31k
 

SmallTown

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To sort of Echo what motownjunk says: I also work in the industry and the wages seem low for the industry, especially Biopharms. However the wages seem good for billingham so it's a tough one. You can't expect to have wage parity with the "golden triangle" of London-Oxford-Cambridge
 

Corcaigh_the_Cat

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You didn't really answer my question or maybe I didnt understand your reply - are you saying they are low paid jobs?
I said that the job I looked at in a field similar to one I'm acquainted with didn't have a salary.

£23k is low for highly skilled work in my experience, £40k is getting there.

Mean average salary for the UK is around £31k, median average around £38k.
 

Corcaigh_the_Cat

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I said that the job I looked at in a field similar to one I'm acquainted with didn't have a salary.

£23k is low for highly skilled work in my experience, £40k is getting there.

Mean average salary for the UK is around £31k, median average around £38k.
Those are the wrong way round, median lower than the mean but all for full time workers. The averages drop for part time employees.
 

Redwurzel

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The figures quoted are for full time - I know the £37k quoted on that site for a teacher is a normal full time wage for that job - it does not include part time teachers.

I don't know if its mean or median. My guess is median (which is the common average used for wages). I would expect mean to be higher then median for the reasons given, that a few big earners boost the mean figure.

I would be very surprised if the average full time worker in Middlesbrough or Billingham earned £31k a year quoted on this thread.
 

BiggEggo

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To sort of Echo what motownjunk says: I also work in the industry and the wages seem low for the industry, especially Biopharms. However the wages seem good for billingham so it's a tough one. You can't expect to have wage parity with the "golden triangle" of London-Oxford-Cambridge
They offered similar terms to my stepson as a research scientist. Was a couple of years back, while he was searching for a PhD place. He politely declined their offer as he considered it derisory and he is now actually earning more doing that PhD.

It rankles with me when I see people in the NE getting paid less when they are every bit as productive as their counterparts elsewhere in the UK.

My son spent years working in London and when he left the city due to the pandemic, his employer tried to lower his salary, just because he came back to the N.E. He sacked them off in an instant and found a more progressive employer. His line manager and HR got a pasting off the CEO for losing someone who they had promoted only 2 months before. He now works from home in boro and earns £120k p.a., managing a virtual team of 10, who are dispersed throughout the UK. A fortnightly management meeting in London is now a very minor inconvenience compared to living there.

Well paid jobs for the N.E. often equates to 'doing it on the cheap' for a lot of big businesses, and the UK gov for that matter. I'd like to live long enough to see the generation of teessiders who break that cycle.
 
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