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