Low Pay

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Labour, Newport East

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.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

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 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. (168990)

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
  Male employees 15.7 13.7
  Female employees 30.5 28.1
       
North West All employees 22.9 20.6
  Male employees 17.5 15.7
  Female employees 28.2 25.4
       
Yorkshire and the Humber All employees 23.9 21.3
  Male employees 17.7 15.9
  Female employees 30.1 26.7
       
East Midlands All employees 24.2 21.7
  Male employees 17.6 15.7
  Female employees 31.6 28.4
       
West Midlands All employees 23.8 20.9
  Male employees 17.7 15.4
  Female employees 30.1 26.7
       
East of England All employees 22.2 19.6
  Male employees 16.4 14.8
  Female employees 28.1 24.6
       
London All employees 10.7 9.5
  Male employees 9.1 8.0
  Female employees 12.7 11.2
       
South East All employees 17.6 15.5
  Male employees 12.9 11.3
  Female employees 22.6 19.8
       
South West All employees 22.8 20.3
  Male employees 16.9 15.2
  Female employees 28.7 25.4
       
Scotland All employees 20.2 18.1
  Male employees 15.2 13.5
  Female employees 24.9 22.3
(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
London All employees 17.1 15.8
  Male employees 14.6 13.6
  Female employees 20.0 18.3
(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.

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