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Two jobs into one

Issue No. 1801

ONE IN five teachers are doing second jobs to make ends meet, according to the government's Office of National Statistics. Most of these 84,000 teachers were doing private tuition jobs at weekends and in holiday time, but many were also working in bars and factories.

NUT teachers' union leader Doug McAvoy said recently qualified teachers in London and the south east were worse off. 'Despite earning only £17,500 a year, they are often paying more than £700 a month rent,' he said.

No wonder we're fed up with work

TWO THIRDS of people in Britain between the ages of 15 and 35 feel depressed and unhappy because of the stress of work. That finding came in a study of 1,000 people carried out by analysts Publicis.

Study author Lucy Purdy said, 'People know they're working some of the longest hours in Europe and still getting huge pressure. They know the balance between work and their outside lives is out of kilter.' Seven out of ten full time workers said their job 'takes up too much time'. Almost two thirds of these people felt stressed at work, with parents suffering the most.

One respondent told the researchers, 'Everyone seems to be snowed under now. Companies have just got more pounds of flesh.' Philip Hodson from the British Association for Counselling said of the study's findings, 'Increasing numbers are sceptical about there being a tremendous future. Workers are increasingly aware that the project they're working on might be the last. The most middle class people are perceiving that big business can be an enemy.'

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Sat 25 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1801
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