Un­der-25s strug­gling be­cause they don’t earn Liv­ing Wage, says re­port

Manchester Evening News - - BUSINESS -

Young peo­ple are miss­ing out on up to £6,300 a year be­cause they are not en­ti­tled to the national liv­ing wage, new re­search re­veals.

A study by the Young Women’s Trust es­ti­mated that more than one mil­lion peo­ple un­der the age of 25 are be­ing paid as much as £3.45 an hour less for do­ing the same jobs as older em­ploy­ees.

The char­ity said sup­port for ex­tend­ing the liv­ing wage to un­der 25-year-olds was strong, with most em­ploy­ers be­liev­ing young peo­ple should be paid the same as older staff do­ing the same work.

Young Women’s Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Ca­role Eas­ton said: “Politi­cians are in­creas­ingly ask­ing them­selves how they can win young peo­ple’s votes. It’s time they started ask­ing young peo­ple. They are strug­gling to make ends meet.

“They are fall­ing into debt, us­ing food­banks in greater num­bers and their self-con­fi­dence is low. It’s no sur­prise when they are paid less for the same work.

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