Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) workers in agencies which report to his Department are paid less than the Living Wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The table shows the number of civilian staff employed by the Ministry of Defence and its Agencies who are paid less than the rate defined by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) as a living wage.


Numbers working in London paid less than LWF London Rate of £8.80 per hour

Numbers paid less than LWF National Rate of £7.65 per hour

Ministry of Defence



United Kingdom Hydrographic Office



Defence Support Group



Defence Science & Technology Laboratory



Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Figures are as at 3 October 2014.

Contracted workers’ rates of pay, where paid by their parent company or recruitment agency, are not visible to the Department.

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