The article was looking at the choice that workers were being made to make between opting out of a new mandatory pension scheme contribution 'Auto-Enrolment' and how this would affect their take-home pay. The initial idea for the illustration was very simple and direct - A supermarket worker faced with a choice between a secure future or a pay cut.
The art director and myself settled on the idea of a shelf-stacker considering their options, these were represented by two stacks of boxes 'Pension' and 'Paycut'.
Once this was decided I gathered the reference material and then worked up the final image. The main issue was to make sure the person could be identified as a worker and not a customer.
This job was a two and a half day turn-around.