The Times and the Guido Fawkes website reported on Friday that the government’s ‘Find a Job’ initiative had advertised jobs paying as low as £2 per hour.
The ‘Find a Job’ initiative, championed by Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, aims to set teenagers up with summer jobs. However, many of the jobs advertised on the website were found to be offering pay well under minimum wage, with some also based on exploitative zero-hour contracts.
One job in Coventry, a role as a Sous Chef working for Avery Healthcare Group, was advertised as paying £2 per hour, well below the minimum wage for under 18s at £4.20.
The job adverts have now been taken down, but questions have to be asked about why these companies posted these job adverts with such low rates of pay in the first place. The government also needs to explain why they did not check on these adverts before having them on their own website.
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Jim Cunningham MP said:
This government has repeatedly shown little respect to workers and young people, but by offering up their own website to host job adverts that look to take advantage of young people they have reached a new low. They must now step in and make sure that they no longer turn a blind eye to what is posted on their site, and ensure that no young person has already taken a job on such an illegally low rate of pay.