The number of Saturday jobs taken up by teenagers has fallen sharply since 1997, new figures show, raising concerns about the deepening youth unemployment crisis.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills said just 260,000 people aged 16 to 17 are currently taking Saturday jobs, compared to 435,000 in 1997.
The proportion of 16 to 17-year-olds with Saturday or part-time jobs has fallen from 40% in the late 1990s to 20% currently.
With traditional sales jobs being hit by recession, there are fewer part-time jobs for the young, and employers only want to take on those with experience, leading to a "catch 22" situation.
The Commission, a government agency, has also warned that if youth unemployment continues at its current rate it will cost £28bn to the economy by 2022.
"Recruiters place significant emphasis on experience when recruiting, with 29% citing it as ‘critical’. But despite the importance of experience of work young people are leaving education increasingly less experienced," the report warns.
The news made Huffington Post UK all nostalgic, with our Twitter followers pitching in with their Saturday job experiences - pervy bosses, piano lessons and all.
See below for a slideshow of Huff Post readers' experience of Saturday jobs
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