One in six not earning living wage

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ONE in six workers in the south east earns less than living wage, according to new report.

The annual living wage research report by KPMG estimates that over £500,000 workers receive less than the living wage in the region, which is more than one in every six workers (18 per cent).

Commenting on the report, TUC regional secretary for the south of England Megan Dobney said: ‘People deserve a fair day’s pay for an honest day’s work. But low pay is blighting the lives of hundreds of thousands of families in the south east. And it’s adding to the deficit because it means more spent on tax credits and less collected in tax.

‘We have the wrong kind of recovery with the wrong kind of jobs – we need to create far more living wage jobs, with decent hours and permanent contracts.

‘The fact is there are employers out there in the south east who can afford to pay living wages, but aren’t. It is now time for all responsible employers to commit to adopting this standard.’