No Christmas bonus?

beautygirl94

New Member
Okay so I've been working in a salon for the past year and a half part time weekends and any other days I can. I really feel I've worked hard and I've built up a lot of clientele. I'm fully qualified in all level 2 and 3 beauty along with white to brown tanning and makeup training! The salon is a hairdressers downstairs consisting of 5 stylists including the boss and a beauty room upstairs with a full time beautician and myself.. We have fortunately been extremely busy the past year and in particular the past three months, and I've been staying over for an extra half an hour here and there most days to help tidy up and not getting paid for it :(. I also help out with washing hair and blowdrying when the girls downstairs are super busy even though it's not in my job description.. Two weekends ago my boss organised and paid for a Christmas meal at £30 a head along with wine for the table as a thank you to everyone and they all went out afterwards.. I told her I couldn't make it as I just didn't have the money for it and she said that was fine.. After a really crazy friday squeezing in my coworkers spray tans and a mental Saturday I ended up staying two hours after my knock off time to do all the girls makeup for them to head out for their meal! When I got home I looked in my envelope to count my wages to find she had actually underpaid me by a tenner for the hours I had done.. Not only that but she also didn't give me any extra, I thought since she was paying over £30 for the other members of staff as a thank you that she would of gave me a little extra since I couldn't afford to go out with them.. Am I wrong for thinking that? On the weekend gone past we also did a house call at 7am where my boss and another stylist did a wedding parties hair and I did all the makeup.. The wedding party consisted of 3 bridesmaids, bride and mother of the bride.. It was my first full wedding party outside of the salon and my boss didn't give me any extra.. She made over £350 from them. Is it the norm for the boss to take all the takings from a wedding party? I guess I'm just feeling sorry for myself!
 

JulesLondon

Member
Okay so I've been working in a salon for the past year and a half part time weekends and any other days I can. I really feel I've worked hard and I've built up a lot of clientele. I'm fully qualified in all level 2 and 3 beauty along with white to brown tanning and makeup training! The salon is a hairdressers downstairs consisting of 5 stylists including the boss and a beauty room upstairs with a full time beautician and myself.. We have fortunately been extremely busy the past year and in particular the past three months, and I've been staying over for an extra half an hour here and there most days to help tidy up and not getting paid for it :(. I also help out with washing hair and blowdrying when the girls downstairs are super busy even though it's not in my job description.. Two weekends ago my boss organised and paid for a Christmas meal at £30 a head along with wine for the table as a thank you to everyone and they all went out afterwards.. I told her I couldn't make it as I just didn't have the money for it and she said that was fine.. After a really crazy friday squeezing in my coworkers spray tans and a mental Saturday I ended up staying two hours after my knock off time to do all the girls makeup for them to head out for their meal! When I got home I looked in my envelope to count my wages to find she had actually underpaid me by a tenner for the hours I had done.. Not only that but she also didn't give me any extra, I thought since she was paying over £30 for the other members of staff as a thank you that she would of gave me a little extra since I couldn't afford to go out with them.. Am I wrong for thinking that? On the weekend gone past we also did a house call at 7am where my boss and another stylist did a wedding parties hair and I did all the makeup.. The wedding party consisted of 3 bridesmaids, bride and mother of the bride.. It was my first full wedding party outside of the salon and my boss didn't give me any extra.. She made over £350 from them. Is it the norm for the boss to take all the takings from a wedding party? I guess I'm just feeling sorry for myself!

Sorry to hear you don't think you've been treated very well :( in most other industries I think people would think this was shocking. In the beauty world unfortunately it can be standard practice to treat staff unfairly for what they do.

Provided you're paid for the hours you work the rest unfortunately is a lack of generosity I think. I haven't done weddings as an employed therapist personally but as long as she paid you your hourly rate (or any extra that may be written into your contract), what she earned is hers to keep.

If I were you I'd have a look for another salon to work in and let your client base know where you're off to as well. Or go self employed - best thing I ever did!
 

AmeliaR

Well-Known Member
I don't ever expect a tip for a client or a bonus etc so when you don't get it your not disappointed.
Personally I think if you couldn't make it to the meal then unfortunately there's not a lot that can be done and I wouldn't expect the money from that.
Also with the wedding you should have agreed with the boss that you would like x amount for going in early and to the location. That way you both know where you stand and how much your getting don't be afraid to stand up for yourself.
With the Christmas night out make ups I would make the girls pay you!!! You stayed behind after work to do it with out been paid! We have a self employed make up artist which is slightly different but if we want our make up doing its £15!! Otherwise do it yourself!!
 

KHS

Well-Known Member
Sorry to say, but if you couldn't make the paid for meal you can't expect the cash equivalent in return.

Short paying you, yes, out of order.

The wedding party, I'm assuming you were paid your standard hourly rate?

Staffs make up, yep! You should of said, you'll do it for ££ not for free, and you can't expect your boss to cough up and pay you for something you offered to do expecting extra money If you didn't state a price.

I'm afraid to say, lesson learnt on this one, never expect anything in life, if you want something you have to say.

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bubblegumsoap

Member
I would personally look for somewhere else if your feeling unappreciated. I found the only way your going to get anywhere in the hair and beauty industry is to go self employed either in a salon or mobile! If I were ever to go back into hair full time I will never , ever work for someone ever again. Being your own boss is the way forward. Xxx

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rippersroo

Active Member
I can understand your situation and why you're disappointed. I just wonder most about you working the extra half hours her and there, how do you record your hours? Like are you writing down on a time sheet and then giving to your boss? I can't see why your working extra but not getting paid? X
 

libbylou

Member
Without sounding mean, if you are on an hourly rate what did you expect ? Bills for the salon/stock etc still have to be paid regardless. If you could not make it to the Christmas party then that is not your employers fault. It was a very nice gesture that they were actually providing a night out, many salons do not. I get all my staff to clean if we are quiet, i will not pay anyone to sit around, so maybe your boss just expects you to help out , rather then just twiddling your thumbs. Staying late to do colleagues make up etc can sometimes be expected, but only if we all agree. My staff can have free treatments BUT only in their own time. Have you ever worked in a salon before ? maybe your work mates just assumed you would do this, like we do xxxx
 

Oasis

Nail Mad
This is exactly why I'm self employed and will never work for someone else ever again.
I find constant conflict with greedy employers and hard done by employees.
I agree the issue with the meal is not her fault but it wouldn't have hurt her to give you a token gesture for all of your work.
My advice is either just stick to your hours an refuse to do more, if it's mentioned just ask her if she would work for free. Move to another company or look into going self employed, difficult but so worth it and so exciting. Xxx
 

Rinn

CND Shellac EA
Talk to your employer..There's no point feeling aggrieved but saying nothing..Iron things out with her and if and when you are asked to do something extra outside of your paid working hours ...straighten it out before you do it
 

samlintonx

Member
Obviously you should be paid for every hour that you work but you're wrong to expect her to give you extra money in your wages just because you couldn't go on the night out that's just ridiculous tbh 😂
 

pinkcouture

Well-Known Member
I agree that if you are working extra hours then you should be paid accordingly. However, expecting money because you couldn't make it to the meal is a bit unreasonable in my eyes. If i had arranged a night out for my employees and one of them said 'I can't make it but can I have the money instead' I would be massively insulted, peed off and think they were very ungrateful. You also have to think how the other employees would feel if they had made the effort to go to the meal and then you just had money instead. Christmas is tight for everyone and a bit of extra cash would be lovely but sometimes making an effort to socialise with people you maybe wouldn't socialise with normally is worth a lot more in the long run. Christmas cheer and all that :)
 

Julie-Liz

Member
If the meal was paid for and there was wine for the table I would have just gone anyway. If transport was the issue I would have found a lift off a friend lol. So you can't really expect the cash alternative, it doesn't work like that sorry.
I would mention the £10 you wages were short for definite, it was probably a genuine mistake that should be rectified either straight away or in your next pay packet.
As for extra hours and work for free, stop doing it, either ask your boss about over time pay or avoid working extra if you know it's not going to be paid.
If you really do feel under-appreciated maybe it's time to look for another job? Those are your options, hope you get sorted whatever you decide x
 
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