To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2013, Official Report, column 379W, on low pay, what estimate he has made of the number of people in work who earn below £7.45 per hour in (a) the East Midlands, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) the West Midlands, (d) the North East, (e) the North West, (f) the South West, (g) the East of England, (h) Scotland, (i) the South East and (j) London; and how many such people are (i) women and (ii) men.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Peter Fullerton, dated September 2013
In the absence of the Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of
The following tables show the proportion of employee jobs with hourly earnings below £7.45 in the regions requested, as at April 2012, the latest period for which results are available. Figures are provided for male employees, female employees and all employees.
I note that £7.45 is the current rate suggested by the Living Wage Foundation for a UK living wage. The latest ASHE data are for April 2012, at which time the corresponding rate was £7.20. I have therefore also provided an answer which shows the proportions of employee jobs with earnings below £7.20 in April 2012 for the regions specified. In addition, since the Living Wage Foundation suggests a different rate for employees in London, I have also provided estimates of the proportion of employees in London with hourly earnings below £8.30, the living wage rate in April 2012, and £8.55, the current living wage rate.
These estimates are from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is not possible to estimate the number of jobs with hourly pay between specified thresholds using ASHE data, though it is possible to estimate the corresponding proportions of jobs.
|Proportion of employee jobs(1) paid less than (a) £7.45 and (b) £7.20 in April 2012 for specified UK regions|
|Proportion of employee jobs (per cent)|
|Hourly fate <£7.45||Hourly rate <£7.20|
|North East||All employees||23.3||21.1|
|North West||All employees||22.9||20.6|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||All employees||23.9||21.3|
|East Midlands||All employees||24.2||21.7|
|West Midlands||All employees||23.8||20.9|
|East of England||All employees||22.2||19.6|
|South East||All employees||17.6||15.5|
|South West||All employees||22.8||20.3|
|(1 )Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay period was not affected by absence. Source: Annual Surveyor Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Office for National Statistics.|
|Proportion of employee jobs(1) paid less than (a) £8.55 and (b) £8.30 in April 2012 in London|
|Proportion of employee jobs (percentage)|
|Hourly rate <£8.55||Hourly rate <£8.30|
|(1) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay period was not affected by absence. Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Office for National Statistics.|