As the living wage is implemented for over 25s, we look at the fairness of the minimum wage for young adults.
From the start of April, working people over the age of 25 will be entitled to £7.20 an hour minimum, which will rise every year according to David Cameron.
The Government believes the living wage will boost the UK economy as working people will have more disposable income.
The new legislation does not benefit young working adults under the age of 25 whose rates of pay are likely to remain lower even for those, in some cases, doing the same job.
Oliver Lawn, a 19-year-old Hollister employee, receives £5.81 per hour for a sales associate role, which is slightly higher than minimum wage for his age. But, from this month, sales associates who are 25+ will now receive £7.20 for the same job.
“People doing the same job should be paid the same rate, regardless of age”
Oliver Lawn, Hollister employee
Audio: Young employee Oliver Lawn left out of the wage increase
Pro-living wage parties argue the living wage will promote youth employment as employers will be seeking to save money by hiring people aged 16-24.
University students especially feel left out as the majority of undergraduates, who are aged 18-24, will not be entitled to the living wage when campaigners say they are arguably the demographic who need extra cash the most.