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We took acid and got scared of the pillowcases: what we learned from our holiday jobs

Can summer work be life-enhancing? Writers, politicians and musicians share what they learned in the laundrette, behind the bar or cleaning earwax off hearing aids Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, accused of misinforming parliament on the rollout of universal credit, so may be hoping for some good publicity. Unfortunately, her Telegraph article announcing her jobs-for-students campaign is, rather like her initial statement on universal credit, disingenuous. She says that” the percentage of young people working while studying has more than halved, falling to 18% in 2014 from 42%…

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How much is an hour worth? The war over the minimum wage

The long read: Some economists say it should be raised. Others say its already too high. But what if both sides are missing the point? No idea in economics provokes more furious argument than the minimum wage. Every time a government debates whether to raise the lowest amount it is legal to pay for an hour of labour, a bitter and emotional battle is sure to follow rife with charges of ignorance, cruelty and ideological bias. In order to understand this fight, it is necessary to understand that every minimum-wage…

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