Living Wage and Minimum Wage

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 11th April 2019.

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Photo of Conor McGinn Conor McGinn Labour, St Helens North

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of jobs in (a) the UK, (b) the North West and (c) St Helens borough are paid the (i) National Living Wage and (ii) National Minimum Wage.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Through the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW), the Government ensures that the lowest paid in our society are fairly rewarded for their work. April 2019’s increase to the NLW will see nearly 1.8 million workers in the UK receive a 4.9% pay rise. A full-time worker on the NLW will now be more than £2,750 better off over the year compared to when it was first announced in 2015.

The table below provides estimates for the number and proportion of jobs in the UK and the North West on the NLW and NMW in 2019. The most recent available data for St. Helens shows were an estimated 2,400 workers who were on the NLW or NMW.

National Living Wage

National Minimum Wage

Number of jobs

% of jobs

Number of jobs

% of jobs

UK

1,766,000

7.2%

364,000

10.6%

North West

222,000

8.5%

46,000

12.1%

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