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Low-Paid Persons

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his latest estimate of the number of adults, distinguishing between men and women, with a basic wage of less than (a) £50 and (b) £45.

The following estimates relate to gross weekly earnings—excluding overtime earnings.

Number of full-time employees whose pay in April 1979 was not affected by absence
Gross weekly earnings (excluding overtime earnings) of men aged 21 and over:
Less than £450·2
Less than £500·3
Gross weekly earnings (excluding overtime earnings) of women aged 18 and over:
Less than 450·9
Less than £501·5

New Earnings Survey, Department of Employment Gazette, October 1979, Table 14.