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Young people are turning their backs on traditional Saturday jobs

Young people are turning their backs on traditional Saturday jobs and selling goods online instead, new research shows

  • Teens are turning their backs on activities such as babysitting and walking dogs
  • Instead they are selling goods online, according to research from Barclays bank 
  • It found that 50 per cent of young people have a part-time job, compared to 68 per cent among earlier generations 

One in ten young people are selling goods online instead of finding traditional Saturday jobs, research shows.

They are turning their backs on activities such as babysitting and walking dogs in favour of earning cash on the internet. Many are trading clothes on smartphone apps and sites such as eBay.

The Lifeskills programme run by Barclays surveyed 1,018 14- to 21-year-olds, who were in education and not yet in full-time employment, and 1,754 adults aged 22 and over.

One in ten young people are selling goods online instead of finding traditional Saturday jobs, research shows (stock image)

It found that 50 per cent of young people have a part-time job, compared to 68 per cent among earlier generations.

Eleven per cent of young people buy and sell clothes and products online. In this group, 44 per cent said they did this instead of traditional work because it provides more flexibility.

Thirty per cent said their skills are ‘better suited to earning money this way’ and 19 per cent said it ‘allows them to be more entrepreneurial’.

A fifth (21 per cent) said they chose to work online due to the shortage of traditional jobs in their area.

Selling products over the internet is now more popular than ‘care services’ such as babysitting and walking dogs. Only 9 per cent of young people say they have part-time jobs in these areas. Six per cent earn cash by delivering leaflets, food or parcels.

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