GMB study show 1.1m workers in South East paid less than 10 pound per hour

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GMB calls on the 1,142,300 workers in the South East earning less than £10 per hour to vote for Labour’s promise to raise the minimum wage to the level of the Living Wage, expected to be £10 per hour by 2020.

A GMB study released today shows that there are over 9.3m jobs in the United Kingdom that pay under £10 per hour. In the South East there are over 1.1m jobs paying under £10 per hour.

The area in the region with the largest number of jobs paying under £10 per hour is Kent with 206,600. Next is Hampshire with 177,000, West Sussex with 120,100, Surrey with 116,600 and Oxfordshire with 76,300.

Set out in the table below are the number of jobs in the South East paying under £10 per hour. See notes to editors for sources and definitions.

Number of jobs under £10 per hour
  United Kingdom 9,351,600
  South East 1,142,300
1 Kent 206,600
2 Hampshire 177,000
3 West Sussex 120,100
4 Surrey 116,600
5 Oxfordshire 76,300
6 East Sussex 76,000
7 Buckinghamshire 62,800
8 Southampton UA 39,600
9 Brighton and Hove UA 37,400
10 Milton Keynes UA 36,200
11 Medway UA 35,700
12 Portsmouth UA 29,900
13 Reading UA 24,300
14 West Berkshire UA 22,000
15 Isle of Wight UA 21,300
16 Slough UA 19,500
17 Wokingham UA 15,300
18 Bracknell Forest UA 14,500
19 Windsor and Maidenhead UA 12,600

Paul Maloney, GMB Southern Regional Secretary, said “It has been GMB congress policy since 2014 that the National Minimum Wage should be raised to £10 per hour to provide workers with an adequate level of income from a full-time job to enable them to pay the bills and to have a reasonable standard of living.

“The current system of having tax credits to subsidise employers paying low wages is very costly to tax payers and in the long run it is not necessary. Employers should be encouraged to develop effective systems of work and to improve productivity to enable them to pay a minimum of £10 per hour without subsidies from the tax payer.

“The Labour Party election manifesto pledges to raise the minimum wage to the level of the Living Wage for all workers aged 18 or over so that work pays.

“GMB call on the electorate in the South East to support this policy which will be good for the long term future of the UK economy.”

Contact: Paul Maloney 07901343839 or Michelle Gordon on 07866 369259

Notes to Editors

1) The Labour Party manifesto page 47

Raise the Minimum Wage to the level of the Living Wage (expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020) – for all workers aged 18 or over, so that work pays.

2) Earnings data is from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2016, Office for National Statistics. Data is for hourly pay for all employees by place of residence excluding overtime. The number earning under £10 per hour has been calculated by using the median percentile figures.