The national minimum wage

John Charlton is being far too simplistic in his assertion, as made in the article on NEETs (those aged 16 to 24 who are Not in Employment, Education or Training) in September’s issue of Training and Coaching Today, that the minimum wage is far too low. If it were raised to, say, £7 per hour, many employers would either flout it, ignore it, or simply stop recruiting.

The issue of getting the long-term unemployed back to work is complex, and playing around with the minimum wage would have little positive effect.

Julie Wilson
Training manager,
Edinburgh

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