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One in four workers in Wales don't earn living wage

One in four workers in Wales don't earn living wage”

Northern Ireland has the highest proportion of jobs earning below the voluntary living wage rate at 26% a new report reveals.

A campaign group says research shows more than 500,000 workers in Yorkshire are paid less that the so-called real living wage.

Although 100,000 more people are now earning the real living wage compared to a year ago, a sharp increase in the cost of living meant that 27pc of respondents to the survey said that their household finances had worsened.

More than 3,600 employers signed up to the rates, which are higher than the statutory national living wage of £7.50 for over 25s.

51 per cent of men working part-time in Wales earned less than £8.45, compared to 41 per cent of part-time female workers.

Andy Bagnall, director at KPMG UK, said: "Even though the number of people earning below the real living wage has slightly decreased, the reality is that those at the bottom of the pay scale are really feeling the squeeze due to increases in the cost of living and decline in pay".

"It's unfortunate that in 2017 more than five million working people in the United Kingdom are earning below the real living wage and can not enjoy the standard of life so many of us take for granted".

Its director Katherine Chapman said: "It's thanks to the leadership of over 3,600 employers across the United Kingdom who are committed to paying all their staff, including cleaners and security staff, a real living wage".

"By paying the real living wage since 2006 KPMG has seen improved staff morale, a rise in service standards, improved retention of staff and increased productivity".



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