More UK workers earning less than living wage

The number of UK workers earning below the so-called living wage has risen to 4.8 million new research suggests.More UK workers earning less than living wageThe figure, equivalent to 20% of employees, is up from 3.4 million in 2009, the Resolution Foundation think tank said.

The living wage is set at £7.45 outside London and £8.55 in the capital.

Although employers are obliged to pay the minimum wage, there is no legal requirement to pay the living wage.

The left leaning Resolution Foundation said that it had used the most recent figures available, when the benchmark was calculated as £7.20 an hour outside London and £8.30 in the capital.

It found that 25% of women and 15% of men were paid below the living wage in 2012 – up from 18% and 11% in 2009.

The think tank also found that 77% of employees aged under 20, and two-thirds of restaurant and hotel workers, earned less than the living wage.

Report author and economist Matthew Whittaker said: “For most of the working population real wages have been flat or declining for many years and as a result more and more people have dipped below the level of the living wage.

“Britain has a sorry story to tell on low pay. Only a handful of our close competitors do worse and the large majority have much lower rates of low pay – sometimes half as much.”

September 3, 2013 · Home Based Jobs · Comments Closed
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