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# 58852 21-Mar-2010 22:45
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"A workaholic police dispatcher earned $20,000 in overtime last year.
The civilian employee who handles 111 calls at the Wellington communications centre was paid a regular wage of $70,000 to $80,000. He worked an extra 300 hours and was paid an average hourly rate of $67."


first of all, an extra 300 hours per year is only an average of 6 hours per week. A large number of people (including myself)  work more than 46 hours a week (and get paid no overtime for it). I would hardly deswcribe that as workaholic. So where is the story here? "guy works 46 hour week"  big freakin deal.


secondly, take a look at the numbers given.


regular wage of 70-80k for a call centre employee (allbeit 111 so requiring decent training)  seems very high relative to what I know about call centre wages (and having worked in one before), but nevertheless if we are to believe the story then this person earnt, at most, 80k standard + 20k overtime, grand total $100k.


even if that person only worked 40 hours per week, that is an average hourly wage of $48, significantly less than the $67 quoted in the story.  And if we believe the other part where the guy worked an extra 300 hours in the year, (46 hour work week) then the average hourly wage is only $42.


where the heck does the $67 come from is what I want to know.  That equates to a pro rata salary of $140k,  to work in a call centre.  Please,  let me apply for this job in a call centre where I can work 46 hours a week and get $130k.

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  # 309667 21-Mar-2010 23:24
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$67 p/h was only for the overtime.....

67*300 = $20,000

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  # 309669 21-Mar-2010 23:29
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300 hours overtime x $67/hour ≈ $20,000? They are referring to the overtime worked.

Edit: Yeah, what he said. Also, it's not mentioned in the article how many hours per week he works standard, so may not be fair to assume 40.  NonprayingMantis fails at reading comprehension?


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  # 309670 21-Mar-2010 23:33
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hmm, the article doesn't make that clear. the 20k is referred to in the first sentence, but then they move onto the 70-80k, and talk about an average hourls rate - which would imply average for his total salary, not just the overtime.

regardless, $67/hour is still a bloody high rate for only working an extra 6 hours per week.

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  # 309674 21-Mar-2010 23:38
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Seriously? It says "he worked an extra 300 hours and was paid an average hourly rate of $67". What's not clear abut that? The average hourly rate relates to the extra hours. It also mentions that he'd take shifts at short notice, so it's feasible to guess he might get paid extra for that.

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  # 309677 21-Mar-2010 23:47
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ok, so I overreacted somewhat, but still... $67/hour overtime rate for working a few extra hours in a call centre. You guys don't think that seems ridiculously high?

@bazzer, true does not mention his regular hours, but it does say he earns 70-80k 'standard', which usually means 40 hours. Rate at 40 hours for $80k would be $39, which still seems very high for a call centre operator.

(consider that the police he is dispatching only earn 50-60k, and they are the ones actually tackling the crims)

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  # 309699 22-Mar-2010 08:09
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What they have not mentioned, is how long the employee has been with the police. There is no reason that they cannot earn more than a police officer if they have been there for a very long time.
Also, are they working 6 hours per week for 52 weeks, or 10hours per week for 30 weeks? The later seems more reasonable, as it would cover an entire shift.

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  # 309705 22-Mar-2010 08:31
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The figures could be read as also being that the $70-80k was including the overtime worked. It only mentions it being a regular wage and I would read that as not including an end of year bonus or other perks (if there are any).

It is also reasonable to assume that if the person has been there for a while they may be on an older contract which stills allows for overtime rates of pay.

I think you've done exactly what the herald wanted you to do and that is make a big deal out of what is probably nothing.


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  # 309712 22-Mar-2010 09:19
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It's also worth remembering that the hours of work are not your normal 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. Many staff work 6 days on 4 days off and can work up to 10 hours a day while on.

There is certainly much more to this story than the headline suggests..

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