Dave Gibbings is a former Chief Flight Test Engineer at Westland and recalls when everyone arriving for work at the Yeovil factory had to 'clock in'

Dave Gibbings chose not to ‘clock-in’ each day when he started work and, by doing so, missed out on being paid a lucrative bonus


I never was very keen on clocking in. I always argued that half past five in the evening meant no more to me than five o’clock in the morning. If the job was there, you had to do it. I don’t think money came into it too much, in some ways it was paid well enough to keep me happy. But I don’t knock it, I mean people who go to work to earn a living, and if they do, then, that’s the way to do it.

As an incentive, they offered a 2% rise

Not everyone can be obsessed with what they are doing, probably the odd ones out actually. They offered 2% rise as an incentive to start clocking and I was the only one who said, I didn’t think it was worth it. It got quite difficult because the personnel side didn’t really understand that someone didn’t want more money.

That’s the way life goes.

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