Why was getting jobs in British mills always difficult for the workers in the 19th century? Give reasons.
Why was getting jobs in British mills always difficult for the workers in the 19th century? Give reasons
ALTHOUGH, demand for workers increased and mills were multiplied, it was difficult to get jobs for the following reasons :
- The number of people seeking jobs remained always more than the jobs available.
- During the same time agriculture was not prosperous. Therefore, there was a large influx of unemployment, youths from villages who came to cities and towns looking for jobs in the newly set up mills and factories.
- Entry into the mills was also restricted, industrialists usually employed jobbers to get new recruits, often the jobber was an old and trusted worker. He got people from his own village, ensured them jobs and helped them settle in the city. Gradually, they began to demand money and gifts for his favour and began controlling the lives of the workers.