Half a mil­lion peo­ple earn­ing less than the liv­ing wage in Scot­land

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NEARLY half a mil­lion peo­ple are earn­ing less than the liv­ing wage in Scot­land, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

Anal­y­sis of the Scot­tish labour mar­ket in­di­cates that 470,000 peo­ple are now earn­ing less than the liv­ing wage of £8.75 per hour.

It rep­re­sents an in­crease of 53,000 on the 417,000 peo­ple cited in the re­port for 2012.

The hourly liv­ing wage rate for adults in 2012 was set at £7.20.

The study sug­gests that the health and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors have seen the largest in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple earn­ing less than the liv­ing wage.

In health and so­cial work ser­vices, 67 em­ploy­ees were earn­ing less than the liv­ing wage in 2018 – an in­crease of 46% on the 46 peo­ple in 2012.

In ed­u­ca­tion, 25 peo­ple were recorded as earn­ing un­der the liv­ing wage – the num­ber in­creased by 28% to 32 peo­ple in 2018.

In the ac­com­mo­da­tion and food ser­vices sec­tor, 70 were earn­ing less than the liv­ing wage in 2012. In 2018, this fig­ure in­creased by 26% to 88.

Scot­tish Labour leader Richard Leon- ard said: “The rise in low pay across health and ed­u­ca­tion in Scot­land is alarm­ing. The SNP should hang its head in shame.

“Those in the health and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors per­form valu­able work – they de­serve much bet­ter than poverty pay.

“Un­der Labour work will pay, with a £10 per hour real liv­ing wage, a ban on zero-hours con­tracts and bet­ter rights with more se­cu­rity at work.

“Un­der the bro­ken econ­omy of the SNP and the Tories, more and more peo­ple are on poverty pay in Scot­land this year, than last – in­clud­ing some of the most val­ued work­ers in so­ci­ety.

“Labour gov­ern­ments at Holy­rood and West­min­ster have a plan to end poverty pay, in­clud­ing in­tro­duc­ing a real liv­ing wage of £10 an hour and an in­dus­trial strat­egy that will de­liver high- wage, high- skill j obs across Scot­land.”

Labour claim the big­gest rise in those paid be­low the liv­ing wage is has been in health and so­cial work

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