UK: Six million workers paid less than the living wage

Published on BBCnews, Nov 1, 2015.

The data showed a “worrying trend” of part-time, female and young workers being most likely to earn below the figure, researchers found.

The living wage, promoted by the Living Wage Foundation, is currently £7.85 an hour and £9.15 in London. It is not compulsory for employers to pay it … //

… A government spokeswoman said the new national living wage would give a direct boost in wages for 2.7m people in the UK, “meaning a full-time worker will earn over £4,800 more by 2020″.

“Treasury analysis shows women and those based outside London and the South East will be the biggest winners when the new national living wage comes into force,” she said.

But Labour’s business secretary Angela Eagle said things were getting worse, not better, for many families. “We need to see more better-paid, high-skilled jobs which pay a living wage, but these figures show that progress is slipping,” she said.

“At the same time the Tories are making life harder for those on low and middle incomes as they cut tax credits and hit families with a work penalty. People are working harder than ever, but will rightly feel that the government is working against them.”

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