Workers aged 18 to 21 should get the same minimum wage as those aged 22 or over, trade union Unite has argued.
At present those aged 22 and upwards get £5.73 per hour, with the rate set at £4.77 for the younger employees.
However, such a discrepancy is deterring some 18 to 21-year-olds from taking on apprenticeships, leading to their talent being wasted, argued Unite spokesperson Sophie Madden.
She added: "For 18 to 21-year-olds we'd like them to be given the full adult rate because a lot of young people have similar costs to people who are over 25."
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Unite's call comes ten years after the minimum wage legislation was introduced.
A recent survey of the Association of Convenience Stores saw 73 per cent saying their competitiveness had been reduced by the introduction of the wage.
Written by Rachel Crook
Published on: April 1, 2009