Science Technician vacancies

Gee future seems great for us. As a technician for about 11 years I've seen people join and quit within a year. Poor progression and poor pay. I mean we all have bad days but on a whole i really enjoy my job and fought tooth and nail to get paid what i am on now.
 
Hi Georgethesciencetech. When we say 'it's grim up north' that's what we mean, amongst other things. For info, our non-college exam invigilators are on roughly the same, but I could break the £10 barrier if I chose to be one of our floor-walking security staff. And remember the living wage is but a short distance below us.
Yes I was shocked when i saw the invigilators posts offered to see they were on more than me per hour! I have since had a pay rise, fortunately.
 
When I applied for the job at the school I am at now I was the only applicant, the previous tech had left after 2 years to train as a teacher and the school was without a tech for two years before that!
I agree with everyone else that the low pay simply puts many people off. Science colleagues are always surprised when they find out I am paid little more than the cleaners and that I don't get all the school holidays paid. But then colleagues outside science just assume I simply get equipment out and wash up!
 
My full time equivalent is nearing the most recently published average wage, however I'm 0.6 TTO so only get just over half.

After stopping work to have a family I have now been a tech for just over 12 years. My income was secondary and that's why I could take a low paid job which gave me plenty of time off.

We're now in the position of no kids at home, hubby is retired and I'm nearing retirement myself. The hours I don't work are now the biggest bonus of my job! Oh, and of course the fact that I love my job.

IMHO I think poor pay and pro rata will be the death of the technician. There will be some, mainly women, for whom the holidays are essential, but as has already been mentioned they will move into full time employment once they can. The decreasing number of full time tech jobs will ensure a lack of 'career technicians'. I am probably going to get a young assitant to train who will take over when I leave, I can't see them still being in the job 5 years later as they won't earn enough to live.

This is school techs, I know nothing about uni techs but it appears they are paid at least a living wage.
Univ of Manchester recently advertised a Lab Manager role on pay scale 6......£32-£39k.......the role description was pretty much the same as Senior Lab Tech......
 
Univ of Manchester recently advertised a Lab Manager role on pay scale 6......£32-£39k.......the role description was pretty much the same as Senior Lab Tech......
Hi NTG. :)I think that you will find that this role is above and beyond the qualifications and experience of a school senior Science Tech, hence the salary.:(
 
Hi NTG. :)I think that you will find that this role is above and beyond the qualifications and experience of a school senior Science Tech, hence the salary.:(
Make your own mind up. many folks on here with more than the minimum experience. Personally, I thought it was a 'shoe-in' for an incumbent member of staff as the role description looks 'rushed'........
 

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Closing Date was end May / early June. Assume the role has been filled........ I did not apply as I just felt it was designed for someone already there.....but all the same it's a gauge of what Senior Lab Tech skills can be paid. Though I would not expect such roles to come up often. Perhaps there are other commercial labs that can be looked for ???
 
Having worked in a neighbouring University I would have considered applying had I known. Some of us do have the experience and qualifications.
 
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It is disheartening to see that this job description is less than I currently do as a senior tech. for twice what I'm currently paid....

Also I agree that the "knowledge of the university internal infrastructure" means they have an internal applicant in mind, seen it before when places have to advertise externally but want someone specific for the job
 
Having worked in a neighbouring University I would have considered applying had I known. Some of us do have the experience and qualifications.
One of our Ex techs has HNC. Was taken on by a university as they said they didn't ask for degree, they have found that school science techs are good at multitasking and are generally 'Jacks of all trades', and therefore very 'trainable'.
 
I looked on CLEAPSS, Reed & Indeed. There are a LOT of vacancies!
Not much overlap, mostly all different ad's. :(
What's going on?
 
I wonder how many techs are being pressured into a sideways shift into teaching given that there's a near terminal shortage of science teachers (teachers in general really) happening at the same time

They've asked me to do it twice this year, no fear!
 
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