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Pay rises? Equality? When is a good time to talk money?

When is a good time to talk money? Pay rises and equality have always been a talking point but this year even more so.   More and more companies with unions are striking and with the England Women’s Football Team bringing football home for the first time in 56 years when they were not even allowed to play back in 1966, will they now be paid even close to what the men are for the same ‘job’? With regards to equality it is surely not even a conversation, there should not be a pay gap between women and men for the same job role, we are in 2022 but, what should pay be based on? Now I have never worked in public sector nor anywhere that has a union or pay grades.  My background is PLC and private companies where there was a female and male pay gap but also depended on ‘who’ you were.  Which is where the discussion comes in. Some public sector companies have been granted a pay rise, the same percentage across a certain group, team, pay grade, company but, does everyone deserve it?  There are always people who pull their weight and those who don’t so is a blanket approach appropriate?  Does the person who goes over and above but doesn’t want to ‘climb the ladder’ rightly earn the same as the person who scrapes by doing the bare minimum to stay in a role. I always found it frustrating that I never had any idea of what rise was possible, what I had to do to get a pay rise and those who were recruited on qualifications rather than experience who came in on thousands more than my salary even though the actual job role was the same. This is where grading would have been good and helpful to know what is achievable and what needs to happen.  Bandings give the minimum and maximum in each grade but what about still getting that % rise?  Yes, cost of living is going up but if you earn double if not more of the average UK salary but live to your means, is that the Governments issue when a cost of living rise is given – it makes sense for those on minimum wage or National living wage but is this the same for those on £80k+ a year? Our spending is our own choice, our priorities.  There are not many people you see without a mobile phone or other ‘luxury’ items to hand.  Money is always a controversial subject and is so personal in some ways however, should we be talking about it more, teaching about it more? And who does deserve a pay rise and why? Thanks for reading, and why not check out our other posts whilst you are here?

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Google My Business is not the only tool……

Google My Business is just the beginning As usual we like to give away top tips, in the hope that you will come to use if you need that extra helping hand when it comes to promoting your business. Many people use Google My Business now to help promote their business, we have seen and continue to see great results. Let’s face it, everyone uses their phone now, so these little tools, help mobile users find your business, whether its from a Google search, or simply typing a destination into Google Maps. But……. What if your potential customer does not use Google Maps? They might use Apple Maps, and why not… but if you haven’t created a business profile on this, then you won’t appear What if your potential customer uses Bing as their search engine via Microsoft Edge? Bing My Places has it covered. (Plus you can sync your google my business data straight to your Bing profile As always our little business is just here to help other little businesses, and together we help us all make our little mark on the map Have a great weekend, from us all at Breakout, Farley, Andy and Jake Check out our printing services, business and social media support pages

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IT Support @ Breakout

Welcome Firstly let me introduce myself, my name is Andy or locally known as “the nerd.” I have been involved in computers from a young age, started with my first computer the rubber keyboard ZX Spectrum 48, before moving on to the 128k version. Before biting the bullet and switching over to Commodore Amigas, then eventually personal computers. Got my first job in IT in 2000, working for a business to business Internet Service Provider and on call support. Then I decided to setup my own business as more of a hobby to keep my skills up to date. I met Sarah (Farley) through helping to set up her own business. I was getting so much work through her and her clients and I loved her work ethics, that we have moved forward together and decided to blend our services. Since this happened only a few months ago now, it’s gone from strength to strength. Each providing our unique set of skills to help small businesses as well as private clients Not only do we provide desk hire, Self assessments, life organising and business advice, we now provide computer support and website development. Watch this space for news about our latest projects. This week This week has been a busy one, upgrading many laptops to solid state drives to make them faster than when they were bought 5 years ago, we also had a customer struggling to get a stable internet connection at home. BT had visited the premises and was unable to help, they even changed the router but to no avail. Breakout attended the customers home, within minutes diagnosed the fault to be a poor wifi reception within the home in certain areas. Advised customer to install a Wireless Mesh System from TP Link. Ordered and installed within days and the customer now has an excellent connection at home. Support We support all manner of devices, from Phones, Tablets, Laptops, personal computer and even business networks and servers. We also provide a service for Apple computers. What else do we do at Breakout? Have you checked out our Business Review page?

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