Some Realities Of The Minimum Wage In 2018

Part Time Work - Rent Prices - Single Person - Living Expenses

If you are an EU Citizen travelling to England (UK) looking for work, but have no job skill, you will either have to take an expensive university course to have a better chance of getting work or start from scratch with a minimum wage and/or zero hour contract job. The latter is especially true if you are young (under 25). And even with a skill, but no job offer, it might take weeks/months to find a job.

Assuming you need to start from scratch and take a job that offers the minimum wage with guaranteed hours (as opposed to a zero hour contract), before taking it you should be aware of the main realities associated with a minimum wage job.

The Minimum Wage - THE REALITIES

The Minimum Wage was created to help those on a very very low income, not getting a high enough wage each week or month to live on, come up to a basic level that they could live on; which it succeeded in doing. However, the minimum wage also gave bad employers (i..e the larger companies) the power to downgrade the wages of those employees already on a decent (higher) wage.

If those employees already on a decent (higher) wage did not like the downgrade, they were quickly fired. Hence why you will not find many highly paid managers and workers in large companies these days. This is another example of a good idea being taken advantage of by the larger, wealthier, companies.

The Minimum Wage Web PageMinimum Wage Per Hour in England (UK) for an adult aged 25 or over is currently £7.50 per hour. £7.05 for someone aged 21-24 and £5.60 for someone aged 18-20. Based on a 40-hour week, that is £300 per week or £1,200 per month for a 25 year old. With tax and national insurance paid (roughly one third of their income), that would leave them with around £900 to spend.

Reality - RENTS ARE TOO HIGH

With the average/minimum rent for a 1 Bedroom Flat being around £600 per month outside London and around £1,200 per month in London without bills and around £850 and £1,450 per month respectively with bills, and the fact that living costs and leisure costs have not been included yet, you can see why the average person living in London (UK) for example either needs two jobs to survive (one job to pay the rent and bills and the other for living costs) or one very well paid job.

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Reality - NOT ENOUGH JOBS/WORK

You might, at this point, think the minimum wage favours someone living outside of London, in a city like Nottingham for example, but the reality is there are not enough jobs available outside of London; even though there are many industrial cities and towns outside of London that create many factory jobs, lorry driver jobs, cleaning jobs, etc. The lack of jobs in a large city or town is normally due to it being over populated - Meaning:

Factories - On one hand factory owners need to hire more low paid (minimum wage and/or zero hour contract) workers than highly paid skilled workers in order to keep import/export costs down and production flowing while on the other hand keep the local community happy by given as many families and individuals work.

With factory owners needing a set amount of workers, it means they have already hired (a long time ago) their ant/slave workers. Hence why every job vacancy that becomes available is quickly taken. Bear in mind that robots, machines, online services and computer software also take jobs away.

Students - With an over population of young students who have the same high level college/university degrees as other young students competing for the same jobs, many of them end up working part-time in cafés, bars and restaurants at first; thinking they will find their ideal "trained at college/university for" job in a few months when in reality they will still be working in part-time jobs for years.

Tradesmen - Tradesmen such as builders, painters, carpenters, plasterers, plumbers and electricians also suffer from over population via too much competition from EU tradesmen undercutting them. Furthermore there is an over population of d.i.y enthusiasts who become self-employed to survive, taking jobs from professional tradesmen. Even the average person in the street now decorates their own home and carrys out small d.i.y jobs (after watching d.i.y videos online) to cut down on costs and because tools and materials are much cheaper these days.

IT Services - It is the same in the computer industry. People have a spare computer and/or tablet these days whereby they are no longer worried if their main computer breaks down. They can easily buy another computer in place of a few repairs. And even when their broadband fails they call their broadband provider, friend or watch an online video about 'fixing router problems' before calling out a computer engineer.

On top of the above said: A typical ratio for a common job is 45 to 1 - 45 people, if not more (depending on the sector), applying for the same job. Visit any job/cv agency and they will tell you the general ratio for the job sector in which you are looking for a job. The catering sector is an example. Waitress and Kitchen Porter jobs are becoming more difficult to get for a 25-28 year old for example (i.e. someone who has just left uni with a phd in chemistry, who is forced to get a part-time job) because of over population of younger 18-24 year olds already taking those jobs.

Reality - LIVING COSTS ARE TOO HIGH

Even with a low paid worker paying £850 per month on rent and bills, outside of London, their remaining £350 (assuming they work 40 hours per week) is still not enough to pay their food, transport, household and leisure activity costs. Their food bill alone could easily be £200 per month, if not more; especially if they have a family to support and/or a university course to pay for.

The above is assuming a guaranteed, regular, job with a contract of 40 Hours per week, but these days many people are not guaranteed a 40 Hours per week contract; especially with larger companies taking advantage of (abusing) the Zero Hour Contract.

As "per normal" in the UK: Whenever a good idea comes along, such as the Benefits System, NHS, Minimum Wage and Zero Hour Contract, to help those in real need of help, there are always bad companies and criminals willing to take advantage of the situation and screw things up for genuine claimants, patients and workers.

The Reality - NATION OF LOW-WAGE WORKERS

What the minimum wage has created is a society of young(er) workers (slave workers) who get paid the minimum wage whereby they have indirectly created a society of middle-aged and older skilled workers either being forced out of work, being forced to take two jobs or being forced to work longer hours just to afford their lifestyle, family and/or mortgage. Hence the lack of skilled workers in bigger companies these days, mainly due to them paying for many ant workers to do the smaller jobs and only a couple of skilled workers to do the more skilled jobs.


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