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Student pay

Studying is beginning to wind down for many, and students are beginning their summer temping job search to earn some money – but how much should students expect to get paid? Temporary student jobs can be easy to come by, although they don’t always pay a worthwhile hourly rate.

National Living Wage

On April 1st the National Living Wage (NLW) of £7.50 per hour came in for those aged 25 and over.  The idea behind this is that if you’re at this stage in your life and you have financial commitments, you should be able to command a higher wage.

Now we think that’s an admirable stance to take, but often this wage is levied at entry level jobs  – or so called unskilled work (believe us, all work has a skill associated to it).  So, if it is as easy to learn, why does age come into it? The majority of students are under the age of 25 and don’t qualify for NLW, so does it seem fair for perfectly skilled students to get paid less in their jobs, just because they are a little younger?

Fair pay for students and under 25s

Here at Wote Street People we value flexibility in our temporary workers regardless of their age.  That’s why all our contingency staff, including students, are paid at least the National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour.  If you are willing to go to work at a minute’s notice, you should be rewarded accordingly.

We don’t think it’s right to have two people on the same production line or in the same cleaning company, doing the same job for different money just because one is old enough to qualify for NLW.  This is an example of legalised discrimination.

So, if you are a student looking for Summer work or an education leaver looking for your first job – come and see us at Wote Street People and we’ll make sure you get a fair wage.

Wote Street People can help you find full time, part time, permanent, contract and temporary jobs in Basingstoke and surrounding areas, just give us a call on 01256 799 127 or email maxine@wotestreetpeople.co.uk.

 

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