I was looking at this BBC article earlier about a couple of young people trying to find a job. I’m not going to comment on the story itself but I think I might have seen why the bloke is having problems getting work. From around 1:24 in the video:
“By the time you’ve paid your bus fare at £30 – you probably get (paid) £180, if by the time you’ve paid £30 that leaves you £150. Tax to come off, which is about £25 so that leaves you about hundred an… hundred an… twelve quid or summet like that…”
I take it he hasn’t considered retaking some exams to improve his chances….