a reply to: ScepticScot
Indeed, but to be honest, for the past 20 years (and even today) people have been complaining of the "low-skilled" (I dislike the term, every job
requires skill) or "low paid" work being shipped overseas. What we're actually seeing now is a repatriation of a good many jobs - my own employer
is doing just that - from places like India and the manufacturing sector has been increasing overall in the past 5 years too.
It's this low-end work that gives youngsters their first step on the employment ladder, something which again has been derided as lacking of late,
but now we are seeing these jobs being created, it's a bad thing. I do understand, however, that it's made worse by the cost of living but as I said
earlier in this thread, a low oil price might keep inflation down for a while helping wages catch up.
I think low pay is only a bad thing if your in your 30's or older with a family and have to take a job like that when you may have been earning more
previously - younger, single people can keep costs down (exactly as me and my mates did when we were young) by sharing houses etc.
But then, if you are older and lack any marketable skills to get the higher paid jobs - which again are being created, my own employer once more is
hiring several new positions paying well but is having trouble finding suitable candidates - then you should look at some form of training. Take the
bricklayer fiasco, one can go to college for a quite small sum and do a reasonably short course.
ere is one such course from a simple 5 second search at a local college to me
. If you're willing to tighten the belt and pull your socks up
(although there is financial help for adult education
as well as
help for childcare costs and travel if you're really strapped for cash
, then inside a
year you could go from being only eligible for minimum wage to earning that "£1000 a week" we're paying the Portuguese.
As for Solo, we all know who he supports, I just thought it mighty hypocritical to only focus on sanctions for the current Government when the
previous Government were doing it at a fair rate of knots as well. It's just like the "bedroom tax" he and others harp on about, no one batted an
eyelid when Gordon Brown introduced it for private tenants (back in 2007 or 08, I think), they (and Labour, who bloody well brought it in) only focus
on it now as it's those "evil Tories" doing it, when all they actually did was make the rules fair whether you were a social or private tenant in
receipt of Housing Benefit.