Cheap labour foils job seeker

WHILE most teenagers eagerly anticipate turning 18 years old, Donna Rasmussen has a word of warning.

Almost 18 months after graduating from Year 12, Donna believes high school students find it easier to get work than graduates.

"School students are working up to 35 hours a week because employers refuse to employ an 18-year-old when they could be paying a 15-year-old substantially less money for doing the same amount of work,'' Donna said.

"It disgusts me that employers will not take advantage of the fact that I am available not only during the day, but weekends and for night work, just because they don't want to shell out the extra couple of dollars an hour.''

Donna said had attended hundreds of interviews since leaving school it wasn't fair people formed a negative opinion of all unemployed youth.

"And then I see older people calling people my age bludgers and no-hopers because we are collecting job-seekers allowances from the government,'' she said.

She said the government's position had not made her life any easier.

"I am an extremely capable, intelligent and hard-working individual, yet because of my age I am literally walking neighbours dogs and babysitting to scrape together a few dollars to pay my way, and relying on my parents' income because Centrelink does not class me as an independent for another three years,'' she said.



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