Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi Black, SNP Youth Spokesperson, has called on the UK government to take note of the Scottish Government’s record on youth employment while speaking in a debate today in Westminster Hall.
The Scottish Government has fulfilled its commitment to reduce youth unemployment in Scotland by 40% four years ahead of schedule.
Research indicates that Scotland has lower figures of young people aged between 16-24 unemployed when compared to the rest of the UK and is one of the lowest in Europe.
Mhairi highlighted the Invest in Renfrewshire Scheme undertaken by Renfrewshire Council has seen youth unemployment fall by a staggering 80%. The scheme has motivated nearly 850 local employers to support young unemployed people and stimulate the creation of jobs, taking Renfrewshire from the 6th worst local authority area in Scotland to now being in the top five council areas with youth employment growing.
Those aged between 16-24 are the most likely to be on a zero hour contract; in unskilled work; part time work or temporary employment. The minimum wage is £4.05 for those under the age of 18.
Mhairi Black MP, said: “I welcome figures that show our youth unemployment is falling. We must be careful that the jobs our young workforce are carrying out will not be temporary. High quality jobs are a key concern for people ages 16 – 24.
“Young people leaving university are faced with huge debts, taking an insecure or unskilled job, have to deal with wage stagnation, the uncertainty of Brexit and an impossible to reach housing ladder.
“The UK government need a new approach to this issue and they should consider following the leads of Renfrewshire Council or the Scottish Government.”