Region becomes a wages ‘black spot’

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Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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Most women working in East Yorkshire earn less than the official living wage, according to a new report.

Across the sexes, only five other areas in the UK are more commonly paid under the approved living wage. This stands at £7.85 for non-London British workers.

East Yorkshire was placed sixth on a list of pay “black spots” compiled by the TUC.

More than four in 10 (42%) of the region’s workers earn under the official living wage, with 58.7% of women falling under this threshold, the study showed.

In contrast, the same research showed that only 7.5% of East London staff in Limehouse and Poplar dipped below the figure, which is adjusted to £9.15 for those working in the capital.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, said that working families’ wages have been “squeezed” to an extent not seen since the Victorian era. She said that nationwide in-work poverty must be addressed by expanding the official living wage.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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