A Glimpse at the Conditions in the Australian Jewelry Trade
Attleboro, Mass., Dec. 12.—A glimpse at jewelry trade conditions in Australia is given by a report received by the Attleboro jewelers last week from the Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of Labor. The jewelry workers of the island continent do not receive wages as high as those prevailing in
the Bay State.
The State Bureau, receiving a copy of the Australia trade report, found that it coincided in form with the one issued periodically to show Massachusetts conditions. It was possible, therefore, to make quotations from it exactly corresponding to the customary statements the Bureau regularly gives out. Accordingly these quotations were put in tabular form and issued.
Instead of reproducing them in full, a few words will suffice. In Australia the following conditions exist:
Chain makers, gilders, jobbers, lappers, melters, mounters, polishers, refiners, ring makers, setters, silversmiths and stampers receive $12.50 a week, with 48 hours’ work.
Chasers and engravers receive $15 for a 48-hour week.
Engravers employed on jewelers’ ornamental work receive $20 for a 48-hour week.
Engravers of monograms and inscriptions, $17.50 for a 48-hour week.
Die sinkers, $15 for 48 hours.
All persons over 21 not classified above, $9 for a 48-hour week.
Females in all branches, $7.50 for 48 hours.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 19th December 1906