A third of employers not happy with teenage workers

by Iain Hopkins11 Mar 2013

New research has found that up to a third of employers find teenage workers unreliable and immature, and unable to commit to meaningful work in the long-term.

Welfare organisation Mission Australia surveyed some 200 Australian employers, and found many are not satisfied with the work performance of younger workers.

The survey also identified that not having a driving licence or transport hindered a young person's chance of employment and that most of the work offered to teenagers is casual. While 66% of organisations reported they would be looking to recruit new staff before June, most said they would be offering casual positions.

“Some employers appear to be looking to try before they buy in terms of recruiting the next generation of workers,” Noel Mundy from Mission Australia told The Mercury. What’s more, a third of the young people given a job by those surveyed were the children of existing employees, colleagues or friends.

Mission Australia Employment Solutions executive leader Pris Ralston said the survey showed there is a disconnect between people leaving school and the realities of further education, training and employment.


  • by Judy Higgins 11/03/2013 3:41:11 PM

    This is not news, it has been this way for some time. Smart employers have a diverse workforce where the older workers mentor the younger ones in skils, work ethics and behaviour in the workplace.
    The really smart employers are recruiting and retaining older workers to ensure they do have a happy, healthy and diverse workforce. Of course teenagers are immature; that's because they are teenagers, this job could be their first and they need some guidance in the workplace. Employing children of existing employees, colleagues or friends is a whole other subject.

  • by Ann 12/03/2013 4:35:44 PM

    I thought this was the reason we had Junior wages so we have a few years to mould them into diligent and enthusiastic workers, mentored by the existing staff and managed by experienced managers.
    Hmmm maybe the problem is not the teenagers afterall!! Maybe its those leading them???

  • by Steve 13/03/2013 10:32:03 AM

    Entry level junior roles often bring new employees into a business who then go on to bigger and better things, contributing significantly to the business's evolution and growth.
    What young and inexperienced employees rely on to assist in achieving such success, is a mentorring and supportive management environment, where true skills development and training occur as part of a commitment to the employees onging development program, where opportunities to learn by moving around the business (even on secondment) is encouraged and where their supervisors, team leaders and managers are there for them.

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