Britain’s Living Wage Blackspots
One in five jobs pay less than the living wage. But you won’t find them evenly distributed across the UK. In some constituencies, over half of full-time workers get less than living wages. We’ve mapped almost every constituency in England, Wales, and Scotland below:
Source: House of Commons Library analysis of ONS figures. More info.
Remember – living wages aren’t just an abstract economic statistic, it’s considered the lowest pay which can cover the very basics, and little else. Anything below that means no savings, a tightly limited social life, and constant fears about making ends meet – all while working full time. At the moment, it works out at a modest £7.85 an hour outside of London, and £9.15 in London. The living wage isn’t an optimal wage, but more of a bare minimum for a basic standard of living.
Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the TUC, said that :
“The number of living wage employers is growing rapidly and unions are playing their part in encouraging more employers to sign up and pay it. But we need to see a far wider commitment to pay the living wage from government, employers and modern wages councils – to drive up productivity and set higher minimum rates in industries where employers can afford to pay their staff more.”
It’s certainly great to see the number of living wage employers increase. But it’s going to take more than that to ensure that everyone who works in the UK has a decent standard of living. That’s why we’re organising Fair Pay Fortnight, to fight for higher, fairer wages for workers. The evidence continues to mount: Britain needs a pay rise.