I began work for I.C.I. Billingham Division on January 1, 1960 and worked there until 1965 with full time work and day release for the first three years and then during vacations from university in the later years. As a day-release laboratory assistant I worked four days a week and was a student at Stockton-Billingham Technical College one day and two evenings.
This is a hand written acoount of a monthly gross pay with deductions for taxes etc then my monthly take home pay, deposited into a local bank directly for 1961 and 1962
This is a hand written account of a monthly gross pay with deductions for taxes etc and then my monthly take home pay deposited into a local bank from January to September in my third yesr of 1963 and then the following summer when I returned for my first summer vacation of July, August, September, October of 1963.
Actual pay receipt for month ending March 1963.
This is an actual pay receipt for the month of January at the beginning of my third yesr with I.C.I.
This is an actual pay receipt for the month of February 1963
Actual pay receipt for month ending April, 1963
Actual pay receipt for May 1963
Actual pay receipt for June, 1963
Atual pay receipt for July, 1963
Actual pay receipt for August, 1963
Actual pay receipt for September, 1963
After my first year at St. Andrews University I returned during the summer vacation into work that continued my years of service.
Actual pay receipt for 6-31 July 1964
Actual pay receipt for September 1964
Actual pay receipt for 1-14 October 1964
After my third year at St. Andrews University I returned during the summer vacation into work that continued my years of service
Actual pay receipt for 6-30 June 1966
Actual pay receipt for 1-14 August 1966
My years with I.C.I. Billingham Division and I.C.I. Agricultural Division were very pleasurable ones. I looked forward to going to work every day. I learned a great deal and was paid a good wage. I began with the standardisation group in 'O' building then we moved to 'N' building. When I returned during summer vacations it was for special projects in each of those buildings. During my final work with I.C.I. I was paid for shift work checking ongoing experiments throughout the complex of buildings at the Billingham site. In my first three years with I.C.I. as a laboratory assistant I was on 'day-release': that meant I was allowed, during term time, to take one full working day a week to take 'A' level G.C.E. classes at the nearby Stockton-Billingham Technical College on my commitment to take classes two evenings a week. I.C.I. paid my fees for these classes as well as a stipend for books and bus fares. Up until I was 18 I was able to purchase a low cost ticket on entering the I.C.I. cafeteria which entitled me to as much food as I wanted from a wide range of hot and cold dishes, desserts and drinks. It began my life as a working chemist. It made me feel to be a very useful contributing member of the I.C.I. workforce. They were very special years.
These pay receipts I have kept and treasured over the years of my career. Many others were lost and I regret that but I feel this page gives the idea of the impact on my teenage life coming as I did from an impoverished street in Stockton-on-Tees. I was awed by what was done for me.
Now I'm retired in Tennessee
During my years at I.C.I. the exchange rate with the American dollar was: £1.00 = $2.80