That is why I suggest a banded minimum wage. One that increases over time as a worker applies him/herself.How do we find a balance between the two?
One problem as I see it, is the NMW has become a set bar in wage payment rather than what it is supposed to be - the bare minimum.
Rather than having a blanket increase in minimum wage each year (its incredible that we need Commission to do this now!), other factors should apply and be considered.
So the minimum wage can stay as is, but apply other factors such as time spent in the workforce can attract a higher rate of pay for the low-skilled but diligent worker.
Employers prsi contributions could correspondingly reduce as the wage in this banded minimum wage increases. So no extra cost for employers, and workers (albeit low skilled ones) can at least look forward to some reward for their efforts, providing the incentive to remain in the workforce.
If said workers can train, learn etc then even better they can pull themselves out of the minimum wage band. But in the meantime, their dedication to turn up for work, on time, everyday, and apply themselves to whatever tasks are involved is leading to modest increases in their hourly rate every year.