Got my appraisal result today, in cash, the important bit that pays the bills. And although it's never as much as you hope, it was a nice surprise. Still not near enough to allow me to buy a house, but then, in the current state of things, would you pay £160,000 for this place?
Now, I won't go into why we get a pay rise in August when most of the modern world gets it in April. Less to say, it's taken a while negotiating the cost of living, and it is back-dated, so you can't really complain. And before you tell me, I know, the cost of living is published by the Government. But what you need to realise is that that figure isn't real. The Government lie about these things, and your employer knows best.... and that, you see, is where the argument between the Union and HR starts.
And finally, for those friends from Uni and college, you've nothing to worry about, you can still claim to be, "..substantionally richer than yawuoo..." to coin a phrase from Harry Enfield. And I can still comfortably sit with Nurses, Policemen, Firemen, and Teachers, talking salaries.