Blog

You Are Here:

How much should students get paid?

Posted on | Posted in Recruitment, Students, Temping

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.

 

0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Posts
22 Nov 2017

Established Basingstoke recruitment agency wins Student’s Choice Award

Local recruitment agency, Wote Street People, won Student’s Choice at the recent Skills Tree Awards. The ceremony was held at BDBC Council Chamber on 7th November and organised by Basingstoke Consortium; an education charity that works with the area’s young people. Their goal is to help students gain the skills and confidence for adult life[…..]

Latest Posts
01 Nov 2017

Guide to writing a CV, to get an interview that will get you the job!

What is it used for? A CV provides an overview of your working life so far. However, it doesn’t need to be restricted to just your working life. If you have achievements or interests outside of work that may have a bearing on your application – write about them. Now is not the time to[…..]

Latest Posts
01 Nov 2017

Interview Preparation

PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE Put yourself ahead of the rest and research thoroughly prior to your interview. Run through the Job Description and familiarise yourself with as many duties as possible. Pay attention to any Person Specifications and note what the company are looking for in a person. Look at the company website (provided by[…..]

Latest Posts
06 Oct 2017

Santa needs his Elves early

I don’t know about you, but it seems the minute the mid-Summer Solstice has happened we start thinking about Christmas.  Who’s going where and when.  Who wants what, who doesn’t want anything and who is going hide in their bedroom all day. You may think this is all a bit early.  However, many of our[…..]

Latest Posts
04 Sep 2017

Get the best staff with flexible working

Flexible working brings a more diverse pool of candidates – and could they be so wrong they’re right, like chocolate covered pork scratchings? Honestly, it’s a thing!  Belgian chocolate pork scratchings – it works because it is like “salted caramel on steroids”. It’s that whole salt/sweet combo but taken to another level, you first get[…..]