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Saturday jobs dying as teen employment halves, Resolution Foundation says

By ITS Education Asia

When many of us went to school/university it was considered quite normal to have a part-time weekend job.  It was not just about the money but also the experience and learning that was gained by working at paid employment. 

The number of working teenagers has almost halved in the last 20 years, a study suggests, sparking fears of the "death of the Saturday job."

A Resolution Foundation report suggests a quarter of 16 and 17-year-olds were in work between 2017 and 2019 - falling from 48% in 1997-99. Young people were instead prioritising studies over part-time work, it added.

The figures come despite UK unemployment falling to its lowest level since 1975 in the three months to October 2019.

So what do you think? Should young people be encouraged to take part time work to help with their financial burden and learn necessary life skills?

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