Last week, I noticed a job listing on the GeekUp Job Board. The employers were looking for a freelance web editor with "excellent writing skills" but the wage was a mere £6.25 per hour.
In the past, I’ve written about the low wages people can realistically be expected to earn during their first foray into web professionalism, but I can’t help but believe £6.25 to be an insulting figure which will ultimately harm the employer as much as the employee. Whilst, I do appreciate that there is a recession going on I also think that copywriting/editing is worth more than that amount. UK minimum wage is currently set at £5.73 an hour so this job pays a mere 52p more than manual labour.
Ultimately, I think the employer is operating under a false economy. It looks as though they have presumed they cannot afford more than this wage but I think this low wage will cost them more in the long term because they will have to:
- Use the below par work of a £6.25 per hour member of staff, or
- Go through this recruitment process again in three months time when the person they’ve hired turns out to be brilliant but leaves for a better paid job
There’s also the likelihood that they’ll miss out on good quality applicants who are put off by the low wage or they may sift through a multitude of applications from people who think the low wage means that their low skill quota will be sufficient for them to get the job.
In defence of the employer
At least this company are actually advertising their rates of pay for this they can be commended – for one, it has allowed for this debate to start. Sadly, many companies in web world neglect to put a salary on their job adverts and this invariably means the salary is low.
Whoever gets this job may make little money but, potentially, could gain a raft of experience which could effectively kickstart their writing career.
So what do you think? Is this wage too low or does the opportunity it represents more than make up for the low wage?