Teens opting for revision over Saturday jobs

According to a new report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, young people are choosing to revise for their exams over earning money in a Saturday job.

The report, ‘Death of the Saturday Job: the decline on earning and learning amongst young people in the UK’, found that last year only 18% of 16-17-year-olds had part time jobs compared to 42% in 1996.

Of those who had not opted for a part-time job, 55% identified a “desire to concentrate on their studies” as the main reason.

Fiona Kendrick, UKCES Commissioner and chief executive officer of Nestles UK and Ireland, said: “It seems that young people are actively shunning the idea of working while studying as the fear of not doing well (in exams) pervades our society. Yet this could be a short-sighted tactic as we know from employers that experience of the world of work is their number one ‘ask’ when recruiting.”

“This means that millions of young people are lacking the experience of the world of work that will help them find jobs in the future. Work is important. Studies are important.  But one should not preclude the other.  It’s about getting a good balance to give yourself the best chance.  Employers and education providers need to closer together to create these opportunities and to highlight how a part-time job can aid young people in the future.”