Paul Posted July 21, 2010 Share Posted July 21, 2010 I didn't actually comment on the minimum wage which to my mind is currently at a reasonable level. The problem for many is this allied to benefit levels, child care costs etc. etc means there is no incentive to go out to work. As regards the general point, and as you chose to respond I can only imagine you feel the cap fits, I'd suggest the quality of life in this country is good for the majority but if you don't have a reasonable job / wage it is far from good and likely to get worse in the coming years. It's quite easy for people with money to get a bit smug about this and presume those without are nothing more than a bunch of layabouts. No doubt there is an element who don't want to work but there are also people for whom it is difficult. What the country does about this I don't know because the jobs don't exist paying the levels people seem to expect and regardless of government projections are not going to be created. Those lucky enough to enjoy freedom of movement in the job market etc are usually already well established and reasonably secure in their positions. It's a daft situation. A good pub I pass everyday has a huge billboard outside advertising for staff, it's been there for two months so I can only assume they can't find anyone at the rates offered. Now that is the employers problem. If you can't find staff at £5.80/hour the only solution is to increase the offer until it becomes attractive, I'd guess most people would describe it as market forces. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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