Minimum Wage: Lancashire

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of people in work in Salford have received pay at the national minimum wage rate since its introduction.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Data for earnings are not available at the constituency level because of small sample sizes at this level in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). For the same reason estimates for those earning a wage rate exactly at the NMW are not available.

At the Government office region level, BIS analysis of the 2009 ASHE indicates that 107,000 jobholders in the North West region were earning a wage rate at or below the NMW rate in April 2009.

Department of Trade and Industry previously estimated that the number of jobholders that stood to benefit from the April 1999 introduction of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the North West region was 140,000.

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