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#1 qak

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

I am just wondering how many employed people get paid in cash these days?

I don't mean the people who are being paid "under the table", but legitimately.

#2 Lyn29

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:16 PM


Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 02:49 PM.

#3 PrincessPeach

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:18 PM

I've heard of a few - it actually surprised me how many, but they are employed by very small businesses & the employers seem to be older.

My first job I was paid cash for, but that was back in the late 1990's

#4 ~chiquita~

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

My last employer paid in cash. All the directors were older and refused to pay anything via EFT because they thought computers would steal their money.  So, the choice was cash or cheque. Every week I would have to duck out and deposit my pay into my bank. Then there were all the cheques that had to be written and posted every month.This was 2 years ago. PITA!

Edited by ~chiquita~, 16 January 2013 - 01:23 PM.

#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

I used to get paid in cash from a job I worked in in 2004/5 that's the last time.  

We were a 7 day a week business and in a town without a bank (nearest 'bank town' was an hour drive away) - any chance to offload some of the giant piles of cash we would have building up was highly welcomed!

#6 DomesticDivinity

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

I wish!!

I once worked at a Fish & Chip shop for a day when I was about 15, at the end of the shift they handed me a bag of steamed dim sims and no cash. Not ideal hahaha.

#7 jojonbeanie

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:28 PM

The last time I was paid in cash was in the mid 80s.

#8 qak

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

I was paid cash in my previous job (15 years ago!).  

I was just hearing of someone who applied for a loan, and said they were employed since X date.  The lender asked for proof of income which they could not provide (apart from a bodgy looking letter from their 'employer') as they said they were being paid in cash ...
There were some other questionable 'facts' in the application as well, so I wondered.

#9 Oriental lily

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:47 PM

Proof of income can be shown through tax returns. So qak I imagine it was the dodgy cash in hand jobs.
I got cash for a takeaway job I had about 12 years ago.

I m see heaps of small businesses do it. Both legit and none legit.

#10 JRA

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

I was when I was a checkout chick in the early-ish 80s.

Edited by JRA, 16 January 2013 - 01:53 PM.

#11 Jax12

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

My husband's new job pays him in cash. I was shocked to be honest because I didn't think this happened anymore.  It will be a huge inconvenience when we buy a new family home as my wage alone won't cover the repayments, so we will have to be vigilant in depositing his pay.

One benefit is that my family day care provider only accepts cash and so it used to be a mad rush to remember to get to an atm before the start of the week - now I pay a fortnight up front and have the next lot ready to go in advance.

Although I have gotten used to it and quite like having cash in my wallet which I NEVER used to have - used my card for everthing - I think we would save more if it was deposited straight into our account.

It's all above board.  It's a fairly small business and the appropriate tax is withheld.  I'm not sure the reasoning behind paying their employees cash though...

ETA:  DH doesn't receive a payslip, just a receipt of the cash he signed for, but we're in the process of getting pre-approval for a loan and his work was able to provide him with 2 weeks of payslips so you should still be able to prove payment.

Edited by Jax12, 16 January 2013 - 01:52 PM.

#12 ~chiquita~

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

I always got an envelope that included my payslip and cash lol. I also received tax returns every year. Obviously there were no credits from my employer on my bank statement though.

#13 HRH Countrymel

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:52 PM

QUOTE (qak @ 16/01/2013, 02:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was just hearing of someone who applied for a loan, and said they were employed since X date.  The lender asked for proof of income which they could not provide (apart from a bodgy looking letter from their 'employer') as they said they were being paid in cash ...
There were some other questionable 'facts' in the application as well, so I wondered.

You still get superannuation info and tax info from your employer if you are being paid legitimate, declared wages in cash...

Your 'someone' was pulling a swifty..

#14 qak

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:54 PM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 16/01/2013, 02:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Your 'someone' was pulling a swifty..

I'm sure they were! I found out more, not telling though!

#15 HRH Countrymel

Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:59 PM

QUOTE (qak @ 16/01/2013, 02:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm sure they were! I found out more, not telling though!


#16 *Lib*

Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

I know a very successful business that refuses to do internet banking, and she pays her staff in cash every pay day. Her bills are all paid by cheque.

I also used to get paid in cash when I was doing pizza delivery......I thought he was doing a swifty....turns out he was paying super for me so it must have been above board......

Edited by *Lib*, 16 January 2013 - 02:09 PM.

#17 Jamelex

Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

I was paid weekly by cheque in 2004-5. It was a PITA to get to the bank each week.

#18 **Xena**

Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

I do sometimes. I'm technically contracted to the Fitness Studio so I sometimes get paid cash, but I have receipts and am on the books so to speak.

#19 steppy

Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

I wish we could go back to being paid in cash. It would make a big difference if banks had to beg for you to put your money in them instead of it just going straight in and you being a kind of captive audience.

#20 lynneyours

Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:27 PM

DH owns a pub - we pay most of the staff in cash, but it still is the same as EFT - still have to pay PAYG and Super etc.  It's still recorded in MYOB the same, just "payment method" is different.  

For us, it is because the staff are mainly casual, so before leaving for the weekend, usually want their pay.  They might not have another shift for a week or two.

Our chef, we put cash into her bank account, as by the time the book-keeper comes and works it all out, if we did an EFT, it wouldn't clear by the weekend, when she wants it.

shrug.gif  Pub's take a lot of cash - doesn't worry us to get rid of some of it.  I imagine if it was a business that was mainly paid by EFTPOS, it would be a PITA.

#21 mombasa

Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

I work one day a month for a large-ish Corporation and we get paid in cash.

#22 SuboptimallyPooks

Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

I've never been paid cash in a legitimate job. Make of that what you will.

#23 cardamom

Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

I was paid cash (legitimately) a couple of years ago at a newsagency I worked at during uni.

I've got no idea why they did it that way. There were only 3 employees, maybe it was easier?

#24 Chelara

Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

I've been paid cash at a news agency and service station. I guess they have the cash on hand to do so. I think I prefer bank deposit, no mistaking how much you've been paid and when that way.

#25 HGL

Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

I worked for a small business in 1999 that paid employees on Friday afternoon in cash. Friday's we finished work at 2pm; I miss those days.

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