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More about pay and hours
Wages and salaries were supplemented with new types of payments.
Most new workers were paid weekly wages rather than salaries.
Banking was a respectable but modestly-paid career.
As the cost of living rocketed, it became harder to make ends meet.
In 1914 30 of the banks that were to come together to create today’s RBS were trading independently.
Many features of banking today can be traced back to the war years and their immediate aftermath.
After four terrible years, the end of fighting was a cause for celebration.
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.