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Advertising A Job Below The Minimum Wage

Advertising a job below the minimum wage

Advertising a job close to or at the minimum wage results in a number of considerations, especially as the minimum wage varies by age.

As a reminder, the current minimum wages are:

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
October 2016 (current hourly rate) £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40

To put the salaries in context, assuming an 8 hour day, with 260 working days a year, means a total of 2080 hours.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
October 2016 (current yearly rate) £14,976 £14,456 £11,544 £8,320 £7,072

This post came to fruition after seeing a job (found on the 4th January 2017) with a headline figure of £7 an hour. To be fair to the company, they do make it clear that employees would be paid at or above the minimum wage which is appropriate for their age.

It does raise issues though regarding whether advertising a job with a rate of pay below the maximum minimal is age discriminatory? Would having the lower rate of pay put off people over 25 applying?

When advertising your job, you will have a number of options which you can take.

  1. Advertise the rate of pay at the maximum minimum wage, and make it clear in the advert that it is the maximum figure.
  2. A number of job sites allow you to advertise your role with a salary range, which again would allow you to provide the range of salaries.

When recruiting a role at the minimum wage, you do need to be very careful that age discrimination doesn’t happen. You must not ask someone’s age at interview, even if the person’s age will have an impact to your business.

On the other hand, the reduced minimum wages are in place to help reduce the number of under 25s who are unemployed, as in reality, it is normally fairly easy for an employer to identify the age of a person based of their school record.

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