ONS figures show proportion of jobs paid less than the living wage is on the rise

Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today shows that in 2014 there were some six million employee jobs in the UK paid less than the living wage, with over half of these being part-time.

"Between April 2008 and April 2010, the proportion of jobs paid less than the living wage in London was stable at around 13%, but it had risen to 19% by April 2014. For the rest of the UK, where only 3 years of estimates are available, the proportion of employee jobs paid less than the living wage rose from 21% in April 2012 to 23% in April 2014." Said the ONS.

When looking at the 18-24 year old age group, in 2014, 48% of employee jobs in London and 58% of jobs in this age group in the rest of the UK were paid less than the living wage.

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Commernting TUC General Secretary, Frances O'Grady, said:

"Everybody deserves a fair day's pay for an honest day's work. But with more and more jobs paying less than the Living Wage, it is clear that millions of workers are not getting their fair share from the economic recovery.

"It's particularly shocking that so many more women than men are denied the Living Wage. We need to value women's work more. And we need employers in sectors with large female workforces, such as care services, retail and hospitality, to give their staff fairer pay.

"The government's Trade Union Bill will make it even harder for people to get fair wages. It will shift the balance of power in the workplace towards employers, making it harder to bring poverty-pay bosses to the negotiating table. If the government really wanted to deliver fairer pay it would be working with trade unions not against them."

Emily Thornberry MP, Labour's Shadow Employment Minister, said:

"With six million jobs paying less than enough to live on, now is exactly the wrong time for a multi-billion pound cut to working people's tax credits. The Government's approach is completely wrong and needs an urgent rethink."

"That is why Labour has tabled amendments to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, revoking the tax credit cuts, creating a new opportunity to reverse changes that would be so damaging to the incomes of low and middle paid families."

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