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Minimum wage for under-16s introduced in Kent

PUBLISHED: 17:22 26 November 2012

A minimum wage for under 16s has been launched in the county by the Kent Youth County Council.

Employers signed up to the ‘Youth Employment Code’ will pay under 16s at least £2.60 per hour, rising to £3.98 for ages 16-17.

The scheme also brings in changes to working hours, health and safety, apprenticeships, redundancies and vacancies.

Leader of the scheme and KYCC member for Canterbury, Nabhan Malik, aged 15, said: “This scheme is a giant step forward for young people. For the first time in Kent, young people have made their views known regarding their own employment rights and are campaigning for fairer employment opportunities for young people aged 13-19.”

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