What is the going rate for a 14yr old labourer?
Don’t pay by the hour, as he will just drag it out.
A friend’s son, who himself is a a very cool lad with enormous get up and go, did some gardening/clearing/digging for us a while back. He wanted the money and we didn’t have the time. Turns out we could have paid a badger to do a better/speedier job. Lesson learned.Posted 4 years agosoobaliasMember
unsupervised work – piece rate
if you are going to be there cracking the whip – hourly rate
at 14, £5/hr, cash, paid at the end of the week. if you pay daily, you will find that £40 is enough spending money to prevent the average 14yo bothering to work again that week.Posted 4 years ago
All that says is their worth the minimum
I am sure the 14 year old has exceptional transferable skills and is indeed a highly skilled operative in the world of work and exterior wall painting in particular- perhaps they can show you their portfolio of work and certificates 😛Posted 4 years agomattbibbingsMember
Incentive based pay. I work with kids and they need clear incentives. As pointed out hourly alone wont cut it. They will likely get bored and string it out. Kids need to know why they are doing something and what it is worth.
Set clear objectives of what you want done with standards he agrees and understands. Then dangle the carrot that if it is done in slow time, he gets x, normal time x+1, quick time x+2′ etc. Then the promise of more work if he is up to scratch. Simple management really but so often overlooked with disappointing consequences.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
A hefty fine if you live in France which sensibly has banned child labour.
I don’t agree with that at all. I worked as a child, through choice, and it provides a good introduction to work, responsibility, money etc. From starting with a paper round / random work, I ended up earning £1000s per annum in my teens writing computer software in the evening after school (back in the 80s). Gave me a huge advantage when it came to getting a job as I’d already had a CV full of work and referees before I was 16. You could even buy computer books I’d written in the local book shop.Posted 4 years ago
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