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Agreed! It is indeed a bonkers situation, but it reflects the reality of many aspects of life.

I used to commute to London for work because it offered the best opportunities for career advancement. My daily commute was two hours each way, and the high travel costs left me struggling financially each month.

This was my choice, just as it is the choice of referees at higher levels who are fully aware of what they are getting into. It doesn't necessarily make the situation fair, but it is the reality.

As @Pwizardo mentioned, referees at higher levels are compensated more, but with that comes increased commitment expectations. This is similar to many professions. For instance, my executive director earns double my salary but probably works double the hours and shoulders far more responsibility. On the other hand, my apprentice earns half my salary, has minimal responsibilities, and barely works their contracted hours each week.

Probably the opposite (unless this is what you meant @David G?)

Plenty of refs available at the higher levels = games will always be appointed. Grassroots struggling to appoint to most games so CFA have had to increase the fee to attract refs?
@David G did you misunderstand the concept of supply and demand? There's no shortage of takers at the higher levels you see.
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Most employers don't pay you for time to travel. So if you want to take fuel out you to take the time travelling out.
It's also not true figures either because there's also allowable expenses that can be allocated meaning a divisible doesn't really work and it is all representative.

Never. Furthest mileage for me was 200 miles there and back. Longest travel time ~c.3 hrs.

This was an extreme example which I have only seen once.

A referee travelling 50 miles gets £20. But then they obviously doesn't leave 5 hours before the game they probably leave 1-1.5 hours. So we should be around about the same quoted figures.

You actually work for 4.5 hours. That's all that you get paid for. Simple. So it's the fee divided by 4.5.

If you were a self employed brick layer, and you had to travel 50 miles to your job, guess what you don't get paid for it. The fact that you get expenses to travel is way more than most self employed people get (they may make amends for it as part of their charging structure or fees but that's how business works anyway).
All sales people get paid to travel, and most other professionals. Self employed and freelancers working in events get paid to travel.

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