From the TUC

The UK Living Wage map: Where work won’t pay a living wage

01 Apr 2014, by in Labour market

Across the UK, around five million people get paid less than the living wage, around one in five workers, but there’s a lot of variation depending on where you live. Official figures from the House of Commons Library show that in some parts of the country, nearly half of jobs pay below the living wage of £7.65 (£8.80 in London), whilst in others it’s just 5%.

Here’s a heatmap (using Pete Warden’s excellent OpenHeatMap) that shows how the blackspots and brightspots for low paid work fall across the country, and how extending the living wage will be a vital way of tackling the growing problem of in-work poverty across Britain.

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6 Responses to The UK Living Wage map: Where work won’t pay a living wage

  1. John Madden
    Apr 1st 2014, 2:04 pm

    Hi – the map won’t load for me but I’m interested in the data by local Authority – is this publicly available?

    Regards Jhon

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  3. Stewarty
    Apr 1st 2014, 10:03 pm

    Whys Northern Ireland all white? Are we doing really well or really badly on the living wage front??

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