24 Nov 2016
The 2016 Living Wage report for KPMG has revealed that nearly 1 in 4 UK workers aren't paid the real Living Wage.
i) Key findings:
- There are an estimated 5.6 million people in the UK earning less than the Living Wage in 2016, according to Markit estimates based on ONS figures*
- Five broad job categories account for 50% of roles earning less than the Living Wage, led by sales assistants and retail cashiers (880,000 employees), followed by:
- Other elementary services occupations (740,000), Caring personal services (450,000), elementary cleaning occupations (430,000) and childcare & related personal services (300,000)
- By detailed job category, bar staff, waiters & waitresses are most likely to earn less than the Living Wage (80 percent), followed by kitchen and catering assistants (75 percent)
- By local authority, Weymouth and Portland had the highest estimated proportion of jobs earning less than the Living Wage (42 percent), followed by West Somerset and Eden (40 percent)
- Oxford and the City of London (less than 10 percent) have the lowest proportion, followed by the Shetland Islands, South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge (10 percent)
- An estimated 27 percent of females earn less than the Living Wage, compared with 17 percent of males. This partially reflects a greater tendency for females to be employed in part-time jobs
- By age group, by far the highest proportion of sub-Living Wage employees is in the 18-21 year old category. An estimated 69 percent of people in this category are below the threshold.