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Probing the basis for differential pay practices of younger workers in low paying hospitality firms


Rosemary Lucas, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Aytoun Street, Manchester M1 3GH, UK. Email:


Understanding the basis for differential pay practices by age is an important policy issue now that claims for pay discrimination on grounds of age may be mounted. Difficulties in determining the relative job worth and personal worth of workers in particular age groups are highlighted. We identify a need to develop a practical mechanism for assessing the validity of age-related pay differences in keeping with contemporary notions of jobs and skills that will provide a basis for employers to demonstrate objective justification that their employment practices are not discriminatory. More comprehensive and wide-ranging research is necessary to differentiate age-related pay practices and develop further theoretical insights.