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A Glutted Market.

The position of clerks in England, it is said, is rapidly going from bad to worse. At a meeting of the Liverpool Clerks' Association recently it was stated that during the last few years a number of salaries under £50 a year found for members had increased by 100 per cent. The apprenticeship system is worked to such an extent that salaries are in hundreds of cases altogether dispensed with, and when they are given they are the merest and' slenderest of pittances. Goldsmith's parson was passing rich on £40 a year, but the clerk, as the Liverpool "Mercury" points out, has not the advantages of the country parson; he has to live in a crowded city, pay dearly for rent and many things he requires, and he, too, has to keep up some show of good appearance. - The members of the Liverpool Association talk of forming branch associations throughout the kingdom, and of making some movement towards obtaining increased salaries for clerks. It is difficult to see how any movement can succeed in face of the notorious over supply. The position of clerks in England is due to the widespread notion that it is far more ' genteel' to starve at quill driving than to live comfortably by means of some trade or handicraft. There is every prospect of the market for clerks becoming quite as glutted in New Zealand as it is in England, if we have not reached that pitch already. The true remedy is to bring about a sounder state of public feeling in regard to the value and objects of the education which is placed within the reach of every New Zealand child, It is not given for the purpose simply of enabling lads to do -without manual labor and crowd into an already ill-paid and overstocked profession, It should make the artisan or the agriculturist more efficient, besides giving him a more intelligent interest in life, but asBuredly it ought not to render the work of the artisan less popular.

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A Glutted Market., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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A Glutted Market. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890