Prospective Job

So here I was, feeling a bit more positive about the prospective job. I rang some childcare centres and could get both kids into a handy one on the way into Maryborough for three days a week, and baby girl into a not so handy one in Hervey Bay on the other two days (when boyson is at a Hervey Bay kindy already). All very good and nice I’m sure. Then I did a bit of homework, checked out the school website again, and downloaded the Education Queensland pay rates so I knew what sort of pay I needed to make sure I was getting to be at the right point (as I’m unsure what sort of payscale Cath Ed uses and whether they’ll start me at the same point as EQ). Then I did the math. So much for feeling positive.

Childcare costs = $453 ish per week (yes, AFTER government rebate – where’s the incentive for working families Mr Howard!)
Maximum gross pay I *might* get = $1140.95
Approximate take home pay = $804.99 per week (very poorly worked out – English teacher, not a maths one!)

Okay, so that leaves me with $351 ish take home. But is it? I mean, I’ve got five days of travel time which is approximately 600km per week. That’s at least a tank of fuel at about $80 per week. Down to $270 ish. We’ll probably have to leave home at 7am and won’t get back til after 5pm. When do I see my kids? When do I see my husband (in the ten days a month he’s home!).

Working full time with my kids in long day care all week = priceless. Yeah right.

Still it’s $270 I wouldn’t have had before. If they pay me at that pay rate.

Stop whinging. I know there’s a lot of people worse off. I’m self centred. Bah.


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8 responses to “Prospective Job

  1. Anonymous

    I think you’re exactly right to question whether or not the job is worthwhile – from where I’m standing, it doesn’t look like it. That’s just my opinion though. My gods – what gouging for childcare! *dies*
    Good luck in the hunt, and stay firm on what matters to you – I’m doing my best to do so myself, while I’m also job hunting…

    • Anonymous

      I spoke to a teacher this afternoon who said Cath Ed doesn’t pay as much as Ed QLD, so this may be an exercise in futility. We’ll see. Hey, it could be a brilliant job, you never know πŸ™‚
      What do they say about pessimists though? Never disappointed and sometimes pleasantly surprised πŸ™‚

      • Anonymous

        I’m very much an idealist and an optimist – however, occasionally, reality smiles at me, and I can see the amount of effort/committment, versus what they’re willing to give me in return… and it doesn’t measure out.
        That’s become more important to me – because I’d rather spend the energy elsewhere πŸ™‚

  2. Anonymous

    It is more than the equivalent unemployment payment (if you were single, with kids & not paying rent) but not by much.
    Don’t forget the costs in time & emotional energy too. I mean, if you were single and had no life outside of work & TVm, it might be worthwhile πŸ™‚

    • Anonymous

      Yeah. Back then take home pay was free and clear. Now there’s childcare, house payments, car payments, blah blah blah.
      *sigh* Being a grownup is no fun sometimes.

      • Anonymous

        But you can slurp the milk out the bottom of the milkshake (sorry, morning conversation yesterday on the advantges of being grownup)
        Have you considered the work from home stuff? Like p*arty pl*n or providing content for educational books & websites?

  3. Anonymous

    That’s precisely the calculation which has kept me at home for years. Welcome to Johnny Howard’s Australia. Want to keep those “family values” so that only one parent works? Easy! Make sure childcare is unobtainable at any reasonable price.
    I’m sorry to hear about all this, Tehani. Sucks.
    Can you consider relief teaching and part-time stuff? Relief work is difficult because of the unpredictability, but part-time might be helpful.

    • Anonymous

      Part time would be ideal. That’s what I’m chasing, but unfortunately, the best way to get it is to either be in a full time job and take yourself back to part time, or to be doing relief/supply work and snag a part time position that way.
      I used to love doing supply – all care no responsibility! But I don’t get a lot of satisfaction out of it anymore (mainly because I hit so many classrooms that simply aren’t operated in a way I feel comfortable with). It’s also a big problem with the kids. I can put both kids in daycare (remember the equation = equals almost $100 per day) on a permanent basis and put myself out there for supply, but if I don’t get work on that day, it’s money wasted. End of the year and there’s a possibility I’m in the red! And none of the centres here (or family day care) seem to want to consider short notice days on a casual basis.
      It’s not really about the money, because I know how much supply work there is – chances are I’d be booked every day I was available. But it’s just not very satisfying 😦 However, we’re already considering putting both kids into care on the two days big boy’s at kindy anyway and take the chance. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks.

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