youth rate

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A lower rate of pay for young workers engaged in the same work tasks as adults. The traditional justification has been that young workers are less productive than their adult counterparts and therefore, it is equitable to pay them less for similar work. This thinking has informed the UK's National Minimum Wage, which has two lower rates for young workers (one for 16–17 year olds and one for 18–21 year olds), though in fact, many companies have failed to apply these rates because they regard them as discriminatory and costly to administer.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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