Elevator Mechanic’s salary rises to £14 an hour
Elevator mechanic James Baker has his salary raised by £4.5 an hour, to £15 an hour.
Baker was due to be paid £14.50 an hour by the end of May, the National Union of Elevator Managers (NUA) has said.
Baker, 43, started working in the elevator industry in 1985 and moved to the UK in 2007.
Baker said he had been planning on retiring in 2018 but the increased salary had been a spur to his motivation to continue.
“It’s great for me to have my salary up to where it is and I’m happy about that,” he said.
I’m a bit of a recluse so I haven’t been working on my own since I’ve been working as a helper.””
My job is going to be much easier.
I’m a bit of a recluse so I haven’t been working on my own since I’ve been working as a helper.”
I think my employer is really looking at what we’re doing and really thinking about how we can make sure that the people who work here get the support that they need.
“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid.”
Baker is a father of three, aged between four and 17, and has been with the firm since 2012.
He was paid £8.25 an hour before the increase.
The NUA said Baker’s raise came as a result of the government’s “significant investment in elevator maintenance and repair”.
Baker said the pay rise had allowed him to take his family on holidays, including a visit to the Scottish Highlands with his wife. “
The pay was actually up to the NUA [the National Union for Elevator Manufacturers] but I’m getting paid by the National Minimum Wage [the hourly rate paid to workers aged 16 to 65].”
Baker said the pay rise had allowed him to take his family on holidays, including a visit to the Scottish Highlands with his wife.
He said he wanted to be a full-time mum to his four children.
“We’ve been told the pay rises are just to keep people happy and keep them going and that’s great. “
“However it’s a bit expensive. “
I just have to make a bit extra money and that was the main reason I joined.” “
However it’s a bit expensive.
I just have to make a bit extra money and that was the main reason I joined.”
Baker said it had been hard working for the past 15 years, but he would be happy to retire at the end.
The firm he worked for was one of the first to be built in the UK and Baker said they had been at the forefront of the technology revolution.
“People said to me ‘you know you’re the first person we’ve seen in the world who’s made the elevator go up’, and I said ‘yes I know, I’m not going to go anywhere without my elevator’,” he said, adding he had no idea how much the increase would affect the number of people working.
Baker had been working in a London flat with his son and his wife when he was promoted to the elevator operator role.
He added: I was very proud of my son and my wife, and the people that work here and all the people at the firm, and now we’ve got the best pay in the business.
Baker told the BBC: I’ve got four children, so I have to go and have a family and be around them for the rest of my life.
“So I think it’s good news for everyone.”
If I retire and can afford to, I’d love to.
“The NUMA said Baker was paid the new rate for two years, after which he would lose the increase and be able to make up the difference.
Baker previously said he was “happy to retire”, adding he was not seeking a new job.
Baker is not the only person to be rewarded for raising their pay.
The National Minimum Minimum Wage, the minimum wage for workers aged 18 to 65, was raised from £8 to £10 an hour in March 2018.
Baker’s pay had been set at £16.50 before the change.
The increase was not affected by the Government’s announcement.
The minimum wage has been increased by around £300 per year since it was introduced in 2020.