A Government website has been forced to remove a set of graduate job vacancies after it was revealed that the positions didn’t fulfil the new governmental criteria and requirements for the National Living Wage.
As well as being a flagrant red flag about website management, many are arguing that this incident is reflective of the government’s relationship with young graduates.
As the Independent reports, a careers advice website, Graduate Fog were the first to spot that the government-ran Graduate Talent Pool pulled the ads with a statement that “questioned the legality” of the posted salaries.
However, what we’ve got here is a ‘too-little too-late’ scenario. This news has come just over two weeks since the National Living Wage was introduced to all workers aged 25+. The bar has been set at a minimum of £7.20 per hour. But these changes were announced nine months ago. Graduate Talent Pool had the best part of a year to amend these ads. Seems a bit fishy to us.
For example, some of the vacancies prior to the amendment were for an analyst internship and a graduate marketing and research internship for a recruitment agencies. These positioned paid roughly £1,100 a month which works out to be £6.84 if we apply the standard industry 37 hours a week.
Founder of Graduate Fog, Tanya de Grunwuald, the whistleblower of this story, described that this National Living Wage initiative “appears to be in a state of confusion” since this is just one of the four minimum pay brackets that tiered according to age. (That four doesn’t include apprentice wage and living wage inside and outside of London).
The biggest issue to be drawn from this slip-up is best put by Tanya who said: “The fact that nobody at the Graduate Talent Pool was ‘on it’ suggests a serious disconnect from the young people they are responsible for serving”.
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