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Twitter fumes over ‘entry level’ job requiring 10+ yrs experience

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Twitter users were angered by a job ad which required over 10 years experience for an 'entry level' job (Source: Getty/Twitter)

An online job ad has stirred up a storm on Twitter with frustrated jobseekers slamming the company for trying to justify low wages.

Twitter user Jermaine Jupiter, a career coach and tech recruiter in Canada, posted a screenshot of a job ad for an ‘entry level’ position that requires over 10 year experience for numerous technical skills.

The job, which appears to be aimed at tech or IT workers, requires over 10 years experience in JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS.

Additionally, it says applicants also need to have seven years experience in jQuery and Restful application development, as well as three years Angular experience.

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One Twitter user replied that the ad has caused him concern as a person who is currently studying IT.

“This kinda thing makes me nervous as a dude who's halfway done with an associates degree in IT. Am I actually going to be able to get a job?,” he said.

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While many users slammed the post by accusing companies of describing highly technical jobs as ‘entry level’ to avoid having to pay a reasonable wage.

“I've read, companies do this so that they can then hire cheap labor for said job in places like India,” another user replied.

“They have to prove no one in America can do the job, so they have absurd requirements. Not sure if it's true though. Would explain it though.”

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Wage growth remains stagnant

While Jupiter is based in Canada, Australia has also been struggling with stubbornly low wage growth.

Wages rose just 0.4 per cent in the June quarter, a figure much lower than experts had anticipated, according to official figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

“The June quarter saw the rate of growth in hourly earnings ease to 0.4 per cent, following two quarters of 0.6 per cent wage growth,” said ABS head of prices statistics Michelle Marquardt.

The meagre quarterly growth comes at “one of the lowest rates recorded for the series,” she added.

“Apart from a few isolated examples of skills shortages placing pressure on employers to meet expected market rates, the private sector wage growth recorded over the quarter (0.5 per cent) was generally subdued.”

This means that despite a few industries struggling to fill roles, most industries remain stubborn in not paying their employees more.

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