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More about pay and hours
Most new workers were paid weekly wages rather than salaries.
The return of peace brought more changes to prices and incomes.
As the cost of living rocketed, it became harder to make ends meet.
Banking was a respectable but modestly-paid career.
In 1914 30 of the banks that were to come together to create today’s RBS were trading independently.
Britain's banks in 1914 were essentially Victorian in their outlook and culture.
Every aspect of banking life felt the impact of war
Like all branches, Barrow had to cope with a whole range of new pressures and responsibilities.
Doris was one of the first ‘temporary lady clerks’. Her brother Jabez, also of the bank, was killed in the war.
Queenie was one of the few women already working in a bank before the war.