With youth unemployment so high, can’t Tesco do its bit?

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I was astonished to read that supermarket giant Tesco had offered a job stacking shelves on the night shift – for NOTHING.

Following the outcry, including an indignant storm on Twitter, Tesco apparently claimed it was an ‘IT error’ because it was actually offering work experience and not a permanent position.

The company said it would contribute expenses, leaving the taxpayer to foot the worker’s Jobseeker’s Allowance, meaning a take-home pay of £53.45 per week for under-25s or £67.50 for older staff.

With youth unemployment so high, you’d have thought Tesco could do its bit by offering proper jobs with decent pay.

But instead it would seem to prefer to take advantage of a scheme we all pay for to fill its difficult vacancies.