Are junior pay rates hurting youth workers?

Melbourne Institute Research Insight No. 18/20

Date: July 2020

Author(s):

Jan Kabátek

Abstract

Junior pay rates are a permanent fixture of many national minimum wage systems. While this policy has been shown to stimulate youth employment, there’s evidence that it also heightens the rate of youth worker churn, which can have negative long-term impacts on low-skilled jobseekers.

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