I suspect this job offer is below the minimum wage and invites tax avoidance. Okay – so what? At a time when youth unemployment is obscenely high and the government is introducing work-for-the-dole for people up to the age of 49 should we care that some casual work will pay $15 an hour in cash?
I’m not a big fan of the work-for-the-dole scheme. Its only merit is that it keeps people in the habit of getting up and getting out in the mornings. The CIS’ Peter Saunders was quite correct on that point. The problem, however, is that it becomes a ‘gophers for bureaucrats’ scheme, where bureaucrats get to sit around and think up make work for job-seekers. But if bureaucrats were any good at devising employment opportunities they’d be entrepreneurs and not bureaucrats. I’m not saying this to diss bureaucrats, that is just the way the world is.
So why not a scheme like what the Sexpo is offering? Let job-seekers do odd jobs for private enterprise at any wage for any period of time and let people get work skills and experiences that way. Or it could be formalised: Allow firms to apply for a quota of job-sekers for a fixed period of time where the firm could pay (or not) any sum of money to the job-seekers and let the firm find make-work for the job-seekers. That way they get to do ‘real’ work and the potential employer gets to have a look at the job-seeker.
Just a thought.