GMB study show 225,000 workers in Dorset and Wiltshire paid less than 10 pound per hour

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GMB calls on the 225,200 workers in Dorset and Wiltshire 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 West there are 849,600 jobs paying under £10 per hour.
The area in the region with the largest number of jobs paying under £10 per hour is Wiltshire with 75,400. Next is Dorset with 60,200, Swindon with 35,000, Bournemouth with 30,300 and Poole with 24,300.

Set out in the table below are the number of jobs in Dorset and Wiltshire 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 West 849,600
1 Wiltshire UA 75,400
2 Dorset 60,200
3 Swindon UA 35,000
4 Bournemouth UA 30,300
5 Poole UA 24,300

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 Dorset and Wiltshire 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.