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Echo Extra! Read all about how you can deliver the news too; In these recession-hit times, there is a job that can help you find that little bit of extra money. Cathy Owen finds out more.

FOR a lot of people, their first taste of the job market is a newspaper round. It is still a popular way of making money and appealing to not just young boys and girls.

Traditionally, the early morning start was the preserve of school age youngsters looking to earn their first independent pocket money, but the recession has changed all that.

Take a look around the streets of Cardiff today and you'll see all sorts of people out delivering papers.

Years ago a typical paper round was worth just a couple of pounds each week, but that has all changed now, partly because of the minimum wage being introduced.

And the Echo's free paper Echo Extra is looking for people to deliver it to homes across the city.

It is an ideal job for elderly people looking for more exercise, mums looking for something to do while their children are in school, and anyone looking for extra income in these recessionhit times.

Mike Packwood, newspaper sales manager for Media Wales, says: "Echo Extra has to compete for workers with every other type of part-time job and so we have to make it competitive and an attractive proposition.

"When you apply for a paper round with Echo Extra you'll be paid at least the prevailing rate of minimum wage and extra for delivering leaflets too.

"You'll also receive holiday pay as well, something unheard of for paper boys and girls just a few years ago.

"Echo Extra is a once-a-week job and the papers and leaflets will be delivered to your home each Thursday ready for you to go out and deliver, finishing on Friday evening.

"A paper round now really is something that you do for all sorts of reasons, not all of them financial and which can be fitted in around whatever else you do."

So what's it like delivering papers? We talked to two delivery staff who have taken the job for different reasons.

Easy work for good money Alexander Cole has been doing an Echo Extra paper round for the past month in a bid to save up for university.

The 18-year-old, pictured left, who is studying at Whitchurch High in Cardiff for his crucial A-levels in the summer, finds it is a great way to earn a bit of money around his studies.

A total of 367 newspapers are delivered to his house in Heath, Cardiff, usually on a Wednesday and then he has until Friday to deliver them.

"I put the leaflets in first. It usually takes me around three hours to deliver the paper and I find that I can come home from school on a Thursday and Friday, go out and deliver all the papers," says Alexander.

"It is quite easy work for quite good money.

I knew that I needed some extra money in my pocket, especially because I am hoping to go to university next term. I had a look around and there were very few jobs on offer.

"This has worked out really well for me and I would definitely recommend it to other people who are looking to make a bit more money and fit it into their busy lifestyles."

Here are the answers to so ome of the most common questions asked about doing a paper round d Q How do I apply for a paper round with Echo Extra? A The freephone telephone number to call is 0800 953 9953 and the person you should ask for is Dave Halpin. Dave looks after recruitment for Cardiff's free newspaper, Echo Extra, and will be able to answer any questions you may have. You can e-mail Dave at Q How old do I need to be to take part? A You need to be at least 13 to do a paper round for us. There is no upper age limit.

Q When will I receive the newspapers and leaflets to deliver? A You'll get newspapers and leaflets delivered to your home between 9am and 1pm each Thursday and have until Friday evening to complete your round.

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It gives me a reason to get up in the morning When you think of people doing a newspaper round you imagine a teenager delivering before school - not a 73-year-old former Merchant Navy seaman.

But that is exactly what Robert Webber does every week.

The pensioner has worked hard all his life, so when he retired from his bakery business he wanted something to keep him occupied.

The 73-year-old, pictured right, has been doing an Echo paper round for the past 10 years and loves the fact it gives him a little extra money in his pocket, while keeping him fit and motivated at the same time.

The former Merchant Navy seaman has the papers delivered to his house in Radyr, Cardiff, on a Wednesday or a Thursday and he usually has them all delivered by 8am on Friday morning.

Robert was a cook when he was in the Merchant Navy and when he came ashore started up his own bakery business.

"I couldn't really settle when I came ashore so decided to set up my own business," explains Robert.

"Being a baker was an obvious choice because I had been a cook. It did mean long hours, starting early in the morning and being on my feet most of the day, so when I retired I decided to keep my hand in and had a part-time job as a caretaker and started my paper round too.

"When I first retired I found that I had put on weight because I was not exercising enough.

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Date:Mar 2, 2010
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