You challenge us to state that we can't live on the wage we earn working at EDS?
I earn 12k after tax, which is about £900 a month. I'm in my late 20s and still live at home because 1) I couldn't afford to live in a decent flat while 2) Saving for a car and 3) Paying off that student loan which I need to save up money for.
My currently out goings are £200 rent to the parents, £500 savings for a car every month, £60 on bus fairs every month, £10 on my phone, £30 on opticians fees.
£200+£500+£60+£10+£30 = £800 a month because I live at home, leaving me about £100.
If I moved out, rent would go up to around £500+ if I wanted to move somewhere decent and not a student flat. That would then exceed my £900 a month. I would probably have to stop saving for the car (which is a necessity) or make do with buying an old banger which would last a year and then break down.
I should be moving out of home at my age, and if I did... yes I could survive, but not exactly in a comfortable way. In the role and industry I work in, at EDS, I should be on a decent enough wage that I can afford a flat I can be proud of, while still saving for important things like a car, and finally paying back the student loan.
But as it stands.. im being paid next to nothing, cant afford to move out, its taking for ever to save for the car, I cant afford to start paying off the student loan.
Maybe you think 12k is enough to live on.. you might disagree, and i'm sure thats more then some people earn. But considering other people earn twice what we do, in the same company, on HP contracts, doing the same kind of 2nd line support work in IT... its outragious.