My first salary

When you start working, your salary is very serious business. Unlike my first job where we were given our wages in little brown envelopes and your colleagues could see and laugh at your financial indiscretions spelt out in blue or black ink, the salary information was top secret.

They would neatly type your details on a slip of paper and your salary details and deductions and put it in an envelope. Since I had just started working, there were not many deductions save for tax unlike my more experienced colleagues whose payment advice slips looked like movie credits.

This movie credits pay slip situation irked them and when month-end happened along there were long and sad faces in the workplace. This always used to baffle me until it was explained to me by a colleague.

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