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Over a fifth of employees in our region earn less than a living wage-according to the TUC

That's based on new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

Over a fifth of East Midlands employees are paid below the real living wage rate, figures shared by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) reveal today.

The real living wage rate, set by the Living Wage Foundation, was increased to £9.30 per hour at the start of November, as new employers in the region announced their accreditation to the scheme.

However, figures from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) estimate that 432,000 jobs, representing 22.8% of jobs, pay below the living wage rate, higher than the UK average of 20.1%. But as many as one third of employees in some constituencies in the East Midlands are paid below the rate. This comes after the TUC revealed recently that a decade of low pay was driving a sharp rise in household debt, to pre-2008 levels.

Constituencies with the highest proportion of employees paid below the living wage include:

 

  • Leicester East, 38.6% of employees
  • Boston, 37.1% of employees
  • Sleaford and North Hykeham, 30.1%
  • Mansfield, 30% of employees
  • Newark, 30% of employees
  • Bolsover, 29.6% of employees

 

Ahead of an election, the TUC is calling for urgent action.

 

“TUC Midlands Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, said: “Work should be a route out of poverty, but sadly this simply isn’t the case for too many families in the East Midlands today.

 

How can it be right that more than 1 in 5 workers earn less than the Living Wage when we know that child poverty has nearly doubled in the East Midlands since 2010?

 

We need a step change with pay to end the scandal of low pay and poverty in our region. We need to see wider adoption of the Living Wage, the extension of collective bargaining and investment in skills.

 

Sadly the last 10 years has been a lost decade. Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past and instead build an economy that gives hope and aspiration to all

 

Numbers are based on ASHE estimates on jobs.

 

Jobs (thousands)

Percentage (%)

UK

5,568

20.1

East Midlands

432

22.8

Amber Valley

8

22.4

Ashfield

10

19.1

Bassetlaw

10

22.4

Bolsover

11

29.6

Boston and Skegness

14

37.1

Bosworth

10

23.1

Broxtowe

9

22.6

Charnwood

6

23.5

Chesterfield

8

18.5

Corby

11

24.4

Daventry

9

19.7

Derby North

5

12.7

Derby South

12

13.5

Derbyshire Dales

7

21.1

Erewash

7

26.3

Gainsborough

7

25.8

Gedling

5

23.4

Grantham and Stamford

8

19.5

Harborough

8

27.6

High Peak

7

26.5

Kettering

8

20.4

Leicester East

10

38.6

Leicester South

24

26.2

Leicester West

7

26.4

Lincoln

13

21.0

Loughborough

9

20.4

Louth and Horncastle

8

29.7

Mansfield

11

30.0

Mid Derbyshire

5

26.8

Newark

11

30.0

North East Derbyshire

6

24.8

North West Leicestershire

11

20.6

Northampton North

6

21.1

Northampton South

12

17.8

Nottingham East

9

19.7

Nottingham North

7

22.6

Nottingham South

22

21.2

Rushcliffe

5

15.5

Rutland and Melton

8

24.5

Sherwood

9

35.3

Sleaford and North Hykeham

10

30.1

South Derbyshire

8

26.4

South Holland and The Deepings

10

27.0

South Leicestershire

10

16.7

South Northamptonshire

9

17.7

Wellingborough

10

25.3

 

 

 

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