When I was young, I spent a lot of time at home and didn’t think much about my career prospects.
That changed when I started my first job at the age of 22, at a company that manufactured and packaged some of the world’s most expensive tea.
I’d grown up in a household with a loving father, and I felt I was the heir to a tradition of working-class values that were shaped by my parents’ lives.
It was the most rewarding and fulfilling job I’d ever had, and it was also the most demanding.
But I was also nervous about the future, so I was careful to always be mindful of my own wellbeing.
The job didn’t offer much, but the perks were pretty good.
The company paid me about £4,000 a year.
That was the best I could hope for, and the company was generous with my time.
I could always use extra time to read or do something else.
I loved the challenge of working with a team and being part of a team.
I liked being a part of the community, and this was something I’d always wanted to do.
I spent most of my time at the office.
It’s one of the reasons I’ve decided to become a mum: I’m sure it’ll be the most satisfying job I’ve ever had.
As a mum, I’m responsible for the wellbeing of my child.
I don’t want to leave her alone in the house.
The money paid me by the company helped me buy a home and had a great impact on my financial health.
But as a young mother, it’s my job to do all the childcare, cooking, and housework.
My role at the company wasn’t to provide extra care for my daughter, but to support her.
That’s a lot for any mum to do, especially when she’s still in her teenage years.
For many women, this role has a stigma attached to it.
For the majority of women, it might sound like the “womanly” job of being a housewife.
And, yes, for most, it can feel like the only job out there.
But there are many reasons for why women are more likely to work than men, and that is because the gender pay gap in the UK is much bigger than most people realise.
Women earn more than men in just about every industry, but many work in the same industries.
A recent survey from the Women’s Institute found that more than a quarter of full-time, paid workers in the sector were women.
Women make up almost a third of the workforce in childcare, retail, hospitality and carers, but less than a fifth of the total workforce in retail.
Many women work part-time to help support their families.
Some work part time to provide childcare for their own children.
The majority of working women work in retail and the food service sector, but there are also women who work in food services and hospitality, and those women work longer hours.
There are also many more women than men working in management and sales roles, and they are more often the ones making decisions about what their company does.
This suggests that if you’re not earning enough money to support your family, it makes sense to look for a different role.
And it’s not just men who do this.
Women often have to look after the elderly, sick and disabled, and so on.
Women who are caring for children have to work a lot more than other women do.
Many of the women I work with are mothers of small children and so need extra help from their partners.
So while the pay gap might seem like a big deal, the reality is that it’s much bigger.
Women are paid less than men for the same work, so this can be a real pay gap.
For example, in my role as a childcare worker, I have to take on a number of roles to help care for children, and all of them require me to work long hours.
But because of my job I earn around £12,000 less a year than a man who works the same hours, and can’t afford to take extra time off.
That means I have less money to spend on childcare and less money for other things.
A small child who’s been left at home for a long time can’t go to a nursery, and needs specialised childcare.
The gap is so wide that some women are considering quitting their jobs and going back to school or going back into the workforce.
For women who are considering taking the plunge into full-timing careers, it may be worth looking at how they can make the transition from childcare to full-employment without having to cut back on their hours.
I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently.
The first thing that comes to mind is the gender wage gap.
When women are paid more than their male counterparts, they often think it’s because they are just more productive or less productive.
But this is a false assumption.