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News - 4 September 2013
4.8m UK workers earn less than a ‘living wage’
The figure, which is the equivalent to one fifth of all employees, has increased by 1.4 million since 2009.
The voluntary living wage is set at £7.45/hour outside London compared to a statutory minimum wage of £6.19/hour.
The think-tank the Resolution Foundation
found that a quarter of all women and 15% of men were paid below the living wage last year. The think tank also found that 66% of restaurant and hotel workers earned less than the living wage.
The Labour Party is considering how a future Labour government can work with employers to enable more of their staff to earn a living wage, possibly including the introduction of "living wage zones".
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