Paper boy Lewis Anderson, of Bayfield High School, with
University of Otago's Dr Ruth Gasson, says he enjoys having
an after-school job. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A University of Otago study has highlighted the benefits
of children getting after-school work, but is calling for an
improvement when it comes to their work conditions.
The study, a follow-up to one in 2003, brought together the
experiences of nine parents, seven of whom were supportive of
their children getting paid work.
Study author Dr Ruth Gasson, of the College of Education,
said the majority of parents in the study believed having a
paid job - even one with poor conditions - was beneficial for
Among the benefits they identified were that having a job
helped their children develop a ''strong work ethic'', taught
them about money and kept them out of mischief.
''There's a real value in kids knowing that everything they
do has a cost,'' one parent said.
However, the study also uncovered poor working conditions,
with children paid as little as $4 an hour, and Dr Gasson
felt the Government should do something to address the
The issues the Government should look at included the amount
children were paid, making sure children had a contract and
controlling the number of hours they were able to work.
The idea of a ''kids' union'' was also something worth
looking at, she said.
Bayfield High School year 10 pupil Lewis Anderson (14), who
does a paper run, said he enjoyed having an after-school job
and the money that came with it.
He was ''very happy'' with the amount he was paid and a job
meant he would know ''what the deal is'' when he got work
later in life.
He had used the money from the paper run to buy an iPod and
was now saving towards a ''long-term'' goal of buying a car.