Sunday, 9 November 2014

Jobs and Fun

From the Telegraph

It is one of the world’s greatest theatres attracting opera lovers from across the globe to its celebrated performances.

But according to the trade union Equity, the professional freelance dancers entertaining thousands of fans every week at London's Royal Opera House are paid less than the theatre’s box office sales assistants.

It is claimed the highly-skilled dancers hired to star in Royal Opera productions are paid just £9.14 an hour during rehearsals, compared to the £10.70 hourly rate awarded to box office staff.

Of course they do. They love dancing and get paid to do it, and so do lots of other people. No-one loves working the box office, and most people will take it as an alternative to working in Starbucks.

See also: why quality auditors get paid more than male pornstars.