Pay rates for younger workers

Jan 29, 2013

Q. Do you think all workers aged 18-20 should receive the same rates of pay for doing the same work as those aged 21 and over or should 18-20 year-olds be paid lower rates?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

18-20 year-olds should be paid the same rates

52%

57%

48%

54%

55%

52%

49%

18-20 year-olds should be paid lower rates

37%

32%

44%

33%

33%

36%

44%

Don’t know

11%

11%

8%

13%

12%

11%

7%

52% support adult wages for 18-21 year olds and 37% think they should be paid lower rates.  There was greater support for adult rates across all demographic groups except those aged 65+ where 48% supported lower rates compared to 46% for adult rates.

Support among those aged 18-24 was only a little higher than the average at 59%.

Part-time workers (59%) were more supportive of adult rates that full-time workers (47%).