Careers > World Book Day: what would your favourite characters earn today?

Posted on March 2, 2017

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Office Genie use literary characters to inspire young people

In celebration of World Book Day’s 20th anniversay, the company Office Genie have decided to decided to apply their workplace expertise to look into the wages of famous fictional favourites, such as Jane Eyre and Atticus Finch.

Office Genie considered how much some of the nation’s most recognised literary characters would be earning today. Who would make more, headteacher Albus Dumbledore or chocolatier Willy Wonka?

The rather grim character from Patrick Süskind’s novel ‘Perfume’ takes the lead: life as a perfumer today might not progress to such wrack and ruin as it did in the eighteenth century! Pilots (John Yossarian), social workers (Elaine the Pain), and enterprising farm owners (Bathsheba Everdene) follow close behind.

The wild fluctuations of the average wage for a small business owner in modern Britain means Ebenezer Scrooge might need to maintain his frugal ways, and Jane Eyre wouldn’t be buying a London penthouse any time soon on £70 – £85 per week.

The most bookish among the beloved characters, author David Copperfield, would certainly feel the rising house prices and living costs in the UK of today.

Why not see how you compare in the salary stakes to these literary favourites?

Image courtesy of Office Genie

Exposure is currently working on a project I’m Inspired, which will allow young people to interview local employers.

This experience will offer young people the opportunity to explore the land of work, have an idea of what employers look for in an employee, and what path to take in order to achieve success.




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