Byline: REBECCA SMITH
A UNIVERSITY researcher revealed yesterday that he is quitting his job to become a gas fitter because he can't live on his poor wages.
PhD graduate Dr Karl Gensberg, 44, who studied molecular biology at university for six years, gets 234,000 after a decade working at Birmingham University, with little job security.
He said: "I love my job and the work we do is vital. But I can't go on like this any more."
Karl, from Streetly, West Midlands, added: "A couple of years ago I had a gas fitter at my house. He presumed I was earning a fortune.
"He said he was earning pounds 50,000 (280,000) and worked when he wanted to. So I started training as a gas fitter last year.
"I earn pounds 100 a day doing my academic job, which involves research into arthritis.
"But I can charge pounds 65 for servicing a gas fire which would take me less than an hour.
"I have a six-year-old son and I would never want him to go into science or academia. I want him to get a proper job where what he does will be appreciated. …