18-24 Year olds to receive the UK National Living Wage

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Being a 20 year old trying to get into my dream career (engineering) without a uni qualification, is challenging when your pay is lower then the national living costs. Moving out into my own place will put me into the poverty bracket.

Currently, the National Living Wage only applies to workers aged 25+, meaning those aged 18-24 can be paid significantly less for the same work. As it stands, those between the ages of 21 and 24 are currently paid 50p less than the living wage per hour. That is predicted to rise to a difference of £1.21 per hour by October 2020. The margin is greater again for those between 18 and 21, who are paid £1.90 less an hour. It has been estimated that under-25s on the minimum wage will earn just over £11,000 less than an older colleague over the next five years.

The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General argues that “anybody who has employed people knows that younger people, especially in their first jobs, are not as productive, on average.” However, this is fundamentally untrue and there is no sufficient evidence that supports this statement.

House prices, Rent, and just about the cost of everything is going up and the pay brackets for 18-24 are considerably lower then the 25+ bracket. Most under 25s will work harder at a job then a "more experienced" employee. And they are more in sync with current technology's and processes to increase productivity.

I call upon the general public to support my campaign to encourage the government to make the National Living Wage accessible to 18-24 year-olds. 

Please sign and share my petition.

Kind Regards,

Matt Brooks.