Pa­per round is good first step in world of work

Evening Times - - NEWS -

OUR pa­per boys and girls are a vi­tal part of the Evening Times sup­ply chain.

Ev­ery week­day more than 500 ju­nior agents stock up with pa­pers printed that lunchtime and set out on their rounds.

Sup­port­ing these young peo­ple as they get their first taste of earn­ing a wage is an im­por­tant part of the equa­tion for a lot of our home de­liv­ery cus­tomers.

And it is worth­while for the ju­nior agents, who keep 16p of the price of ev­ery copy, ev­ery day, and can earn a tidy sum.

As an Evening Times pa­per boy I went down a less lu­cra­tive route. Work­ing for my lo­cal newsagent in 1983 I used to de­liver 26 pa­pers five days a week, and 10 on a Sat­ur­day, for the princely sum of £1.40.

The same round work­ing di­rectly for our home de­liv­ery team to­day would earn £25.20.

And then there are the tips. Be­cause my cus­tomers paid at the shop I only got one tip a week. That was from a gent who gave me 10p on a Fri­day.

To­day’s ju­nior agents of­ten get a bit ex­tra from their cus­tomers and it all adds up.

The pa­per boys and girls, just like our street ven­dors, are part of the role the Evening Times oc­cu­pies in our shared ex­pe­ri­ence of city life. Gra­ham Shields Ed­i­tor

For­mer Evening Times pa­per boy Gra­ham Shields

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