If you worked in Britain during the 1920s, what kind of job would you have?
A fun infographic from the UK’s OnStride Financial blog attempts to answer this question, using a cheerful, colorful flow chart. Sadly, none of them coincide with Downton Abbey—but they’re still pretty interesting.
The salary ranges were particularly surprising, at least to me. English bankers, I was surprised to learn, made significantly less during that time than I thought—and telephone operators made a heck of a lot more. Farmers, of course, made very little, something which is often overlooked in talking about the 1920s (it didn’t “roar” for everyone, you know).
There was one job, however, that stood out as particularly English to me, mostly because it sounded like a hold-over from the Victorian Age: the “Knocker-Upper.”
Being an ignorant American, I’d never heard of that job, but Wikipedia, the BBC, and MentalFloss assure me it was a real job, and an important way to ensure that industrial workers got up on time for work before reliable alarm clocks existed. The fact that it continued well into the 1970s in parts of England, however, was amazing to me.
Most of these jobs, though, look pretty fun. So which job would you have during England in the 1920s? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂
By the way, if you’d like to explore the sources OnStride used to figure out average salaries and such, just scroll to the bottom of the original infographic here on their blog post.