The Worst-Paid Jobs In BritainPosted: 9th of April 2015 by
While employment figures continue to rise, it is clear that not all jobs are equal with some offering wages way above that of the lowest-paid roles. In fact, research has shown that more than five million workers earn less than the living wage. The highest number of low-paid jobs are typically found in hospitality, retail, and cleaning, while studies have also shown that there are other factors too – such as location and gender of the workforce. So, what are the worst-paid jobs in Britain in 2015?
While the introduction of the minimum wage has done much to help poverty among the employed, this minimum is still less than what is known as the ‘living wage,’ which currently stands at £9.15 per hour in London, and £7.85 per hour elsewhere. A study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has found that more than five million employees in Britain are paid less than this living wage threshold.
Matters are even worse in three areas of the UK - Birmingham Northfield, Kingswood near Bristol and Dwyfor Meirionnydd in north Wales – where more than half of the total workforce are paid less than the living wage. Research also shows that women are more likely to be underpaid than men.
The problem is not just one that faces those who are new to work. While you may feel that the wages for older people are better than those who are just starting out, separate research has shown that one-in-three of those who earn less than £7.45 per hour are aged between 31 and 50.
Hospitality, retail, and cleaning work are said to account for over half of all of the lowest paid jobs – with 54% of those under the living wage coming from those sectors. Meanwhile those who are poorly paid are also more likely to find themselves out of work, and are also less likely to be offered training which could help them find better-paid employment elsewhere.
The Office of National Statistics have listed the lowest-paid jobs in Britain right now:
- Waitresses & Waiters
- Bar Staff
- Hairdressers & Barbers
- Kitchen & Catering Assistants
- Launderers, Dry Cleaners & Pressers
- Retail Cashiers & Check-Out Operators
- Cleaners & Domestics
- Nursery Nurses & Assistants
- Other Elementary Services & Occupations
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