The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Neil Wooding, dated June 2014
In the absence of the Director General for the Office for National Statistics, ! have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are paid at a rate below the living wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation in Bolton North East constituency (200967).
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. Hourly levels of earnings are estimated from ASHE, and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay, whose earnings for the survey pay period were not affected by absence. It is not possible to estimate the number of people with earnings below specified thresholds, though it is possible to estimate the corresponding proportion of employee jobs. Figures relate to employee jobs, which are defined as those held by employees and not the self-employed.
In April 2013, the latest period for which results are available, the Living Wage rate suggested by the Living Wage Foundation was £7.45 for employees who did not work in London. The proportion of employee jobs below this rate in Bolton North East in April 2013 was 21.9%.