A group of Woolworth assistants, pictured in 1969. They were paid £6 for a forty hour week, about 15p per hour. Many joined at 15, which was the school leaving age. They, like Saturday staff were paid a juniors rate of 7p per hour. Saturday Staff, who were normally still at school, and could be as young as 13. Many obtained permission to work an extra hour or two in the afternoons during the week after school, and during the holidays. It was illegal to trade on a Sunday.
Both the British and American Woolworth companies relaunched their music departments in the mid 1960s. In the UK and Ireland this included steps to move away from cover versions of hits to a wider range of pop music by the original artists.