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Pocket money contract

By John ~ Saturday, 03 August 2013

I’ll be honest, my children don’t really want for much in the way of consumer goods. You could probably say they were a bit spoilt. They don’t get pocket money as a regular thing. My eldest though has an increasing interest in the idea of having his own money and the idea of having a job. He’s also stuck in a leg cast over the summer due to a dislocated knee, making manual chores a bit tricky.

We’re keen for him to learn to code and we often play with MIT’s excellent Scratch but it’s never scheduled and not as frequent as we’d like. Honestly, he’d rather be playing Minecraft. So we’ve hired him for the summer, given him a job and an agreement. Below is what we’ve agreed, we’ll let you know how it goes.

Letter of employment

This gentlefellow’s agreement is between Joshua John Oxton (employee) and Rachel Helen and John Richard Oxton-King (employers).

Agreement length

This agreement runs between Saturday 3rd of August to 22nd of August after which time it will be reviewed.

Terms of employment

As an employee for the duration of this agreement you will be expected to:

  • Work a minimum of three hours per week.
  • Work a minimum of one hour per day and a maximum of two hours per day. You may break this up into half hour chunks if you like.
  • Complete the tasks set out below to ensure payment.
  • Log in to Skype when you start work and check-in with either employer (probably Dad).


  • For the first three hours you will be paid £2.65 per hour which is the UK minimum wage for apprentices under the age of 19.
  • For every additional hour you do over the 3 hour minimum you will be paid £3.50 per hour.
  • You will only be paid for a maximum of 6 hours per week, any work you do over that time is strictly voluntary.
  • Failure to complete three hours work per week will result in loss of payment.

Details of work

  • On each day you will be expected to login on Skype and send a text message notifying us that you are starting work.
  • Your first hour of each day must be spent working through the tasks we agree on at http://www.codecademy.com/.
  • On completion of your hour you can either continue for another hour, stop work or spend one more hour on alternative activities detailed below.
  • On completion of your working day you must email thedesk@mrandmrsok.com detailing the work you have done that day.
  • Help is available from either Dad or Rach via Skype but please note if they are in meetings they may not be able to assist straight away.

If you get stuck

If you get stuck and no-one is available to help, stop what you are doing and try and write down in an email why you got stuck and what it is that confused you. Send this to thedesk@mrandmrsok.com and we will help you as soon as we can. If your hour, or two hours, is not up, move on to any of the options described in Additional activities.

Additional activities

Once you have completed your hour on Codecademy you can choose to:

  • Stop work for the day.
  • Read a chapter of the Icon Handbook by Jon Hicks.
  • Design an icon using pencil, pen and paper in the sketch book you have been provided with.
  • Collect one or two words on Etyento and write a story for each of those words.
  • Pick an app from your iPod or phone and write up in an email what you think is good about it and what you think could be done better.