Jobs and wages
The last few years we have had to again listen to some of our politicians talking about increasing the minimum wage.
Another song is that everyone deserves a “living wage.” This brings up a number of questions. When a person enters the labor arena, they mostly have little experience. The employer has to begin the training of these, mostly young, persons. From this entry level experience they should gain experience that will enable them to improve their skills and increase their value to an employer and increase their earnings.
If a person is not interested in improving their skills and stay in their entry-level position, why should they earn more for doing this entry level job? The results of this increase would be additional costs for the product, lower employment for the entry level job seeker and service quality decreases.
The alternative to this inflation-causing rule would be to structure a program that would allow the entry-level employee to have help improving their knowledge and skills by getting help in going to school during their time off from work.
Why should an increase in salary be given to a person that will not put the effort into improving their own skills?