Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Increase In Low Paid Jobs, not all in it together

 From Asa Bennett published in The Huffington Post 

"George Osborne’s economic stewardship has come under fire after evidence emerged that most of the jobs created since the coalition began have been on poor wages."

"Out of the 587,000 net rise in jobs created since June 2010, roughly four in five were in industries with average wages of less than £7.95 per hour, like retail, waitressing and residential care. The "living wage", the estimated salary for a worker to meet basic needs, is £7.45 per hour outside of London and £8.55 per hour in London. But the legal minimum is £6.55 per hour."

"The sobering findings come from the latest analysis published by the TUC as part of their report "The UK's Low Pay Recovery"."


Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said: "The results of the TUC survey will come as no surprise to the many workers struggling with the realities of today's job market. Low pay, casual hours even for those who are looking for a full-time post, and zero-hours contracts are like a disease spreading through our labour market."

"According to the TUC research, the retail sector comprises the biggest part (234,000) of the net employment increase, followed by residential care, which contributed 155,000 jobs."

Full article here:


howard thomas said...

But the legal minimum is £6.55 per hour."....................accuracy?

the minimum wage is currently £6.19 and will be £6.31 from October!

Adrian Windisch said...

Well done Howard. Strange for them to get this wrong