One in five earn un­der liv­ing wage

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of jobs not pay­ing the so­called real liv­ing wage has in­creased by 300,000 to more than six mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

Just over one in five roles now pay be­low the vol­un­tary rate of £10.20 an hour in Lon­don and £8.75 in the rest of the coun­try, said the Liv­ing Wage Foun­da­tion.

Its anal­y­sis of of­fi­cial fig­ures from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS) showed there were just un­der three mil­lion full-time and 3.3 mil­lion part-time jobs pay­ing less than the liv­ing wage, which is higher than the statu­tory na­tional fig­ure of £7.83 an hour for adults.

The big­gest per­cent­age of po­si­tions pay­ing be­low the vol­un­tary rate are in North­ern Ire­land, the East Mid­lands, Wales, York­shire and the Hum­ber, and the North East, said the re­port.

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