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Barometer | 28 September 2017

Also in Barometer: who drives for Uber, and who sent the first postcard?

Lost in the post

Postcard maker J. Salmon is to close after almost 140 years, because holidaymakers now send phone selfies rather than cards.
— What is believed to be the very first postcard was a selfie of sorts. It was a caricature of postal workers that practical joker Theodore Hook sent to himself in Fulham using a penny black stamp in 1840, the year the penny post was introduced.
— It was another 30 years before postcards were officially accepted by the Royal Mail, and the now standard design of a picture on the front, address and message on the back was established only in 1902.
— Mr Hook’s card was sold at auction in 2002 for £31,750.


Pay walls

Which countries have the largest pay gaps between men and women, in a survey of 33 countries? The figures below give female earnings as a percentage of male. (Only in three countries, Egypt, Nigeria and UAE, are women paid more than men overall.)

OVERALL
Mexico -31
Brazil -30
UK -29
Netherlands -25
Egypt +34
Nigeria +7.3
UAE +0.7
Romania -9.3
SAME JOB AND EMPLOYER -1.6
Mexico -2.9
Brazil -1.6
UK -0.8
Netherlands -1.0
Egypt +0.1
Nigeria +0.4
UAE +2.1
Romania -1.9

Source: Korn Ferry Hay Group

Steering group

Transport for London refused to renew Uber’s licence to operate cabs. In a survey of 20 American cities, Uber drivers were:

Male 86%
Aged 18-29 19%
30-39 30%
40-49 26%
50+ 24%
Have degrees 48%
White 37%
Black 18%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 15%
Married 50%
Parents 46%

Source: Uber

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