Thursday, October 17News For London

Massive decline seen in teenagers applying for part-time jobs

Recent figures show the number of schoolchildren with part-time jobs has fallen by a fifth in the past five years with the demand to put more effort to succeed in schools.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) suggests that to hire staff under the age of 16, the employers need to apply for a license. According to latest findings there has been a massive drop with the number of permits issued from 2012 up to 2016, showing a steady decline. The current data published by the FOI shows a drop from 29,498 in 2012 to 23,071 issued in 2016.

Dr Angus Holford from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex said to the BBC that: “Teens are being told evermore that you need to get good GCSEs and A-levels to get a good job in the long term.”

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However, the question arises, despite the decrease in the number for part-time jobs, are students still willing to make time balance school and studies at the same time?

Rachel, 13, who works at a discount show in Manchester said to the BBC that she enjoys earning money and it helps her build her confidence while speaking to people. Krishnan, 16, also a part-time student working in a café, said to the BBC that he enjoys gaining the sense of independence and thinks getting a job would be the ideal way to do so.

(Sub-Editor: Zahida Rizvi)