Whoop Whoop Whoop!
I've just received my first pay rise in 5 years - a MASSIVE 1%. (after asking nicely and then having to get union's ballot their members and exercise their right to withdraw labour - which I didn't do, due to a combination of putting others needs before mine and management manipulation)
Plus a new tax code that has been introduced, allowing me approx 600 quid a year extra on my tax allowance.
So, yesterday, I was looking forward to opening my payslip and seeing a slightly raised take-home wage - As Buzzfeed etc, state far too often with their internet meme's - my heart sank.
I am actually £50 a month worse off.
Not only has my slight (some would say derisory) increase been mopped up by an increase in National Insurance contributions, It's been completely annihilated by a raise in NHS pension contributions (yep, we've been screwed over with that one too..pay in more, work until 68, die, take nothing out).
I appreciate that there are many people worse off than myself, but I certainly didn't enter this job commitment, expecting my wage to go down as I progressed.