Quarter of Dearne workers earn less than the ‘living wage’

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Almost one in four workers in the Dearne earn less that the living wage, according to new figures released by the GMB union.

A total of 24.4 per cent of Rotherham jobs pay less than the living wage of £7.85 an hour, making Rotherham one of the lowest paid places in the region. 
The figures are estimates produced by the Office for National Statistics based on its 2014 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, and the figures have been analysed and ranked by GMB.

Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint, said of the figures: “It is not sign of healthy balanced economy or a thriving business community if firms cannot pay above minimum wage or rely entirely on zero hours contracts.

She continued: “We desperately need to give more Doncaster people the skills to earn decent money and to hold down permanent jobs that pay enough to provide a family life.

“More than one in four Doncaster workers are earning below a Living Wage and those people are overwhelmingly women and part-time workers. A Labour Government will offer tax breaks to firms who commit to pay the Living Wage. We will also progressively raise the minimum wage to £8 per hour.”

Over a third - 34.3 per cent - of women in Rotherham earn less than £7.85 an hour, while 16.2 per cent of men in the borough do not earn the living wage.

An average of 24.3 per cent of jobs pay below the living wage in Yorkshire and the Humber, and the UK average is 21.7 per cent.