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Low Pay

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish the latest available data on the number and percentage of jobs that are paid (a) less than £2·50 an hour (b) less than £3·50 an hour and (c) less than £5 an hour.

The latest available information on the distribution of hourly earnings of employees is published in the 1989 new earnings survey report, a copy of which is in the Library. Numbers of all employees in the sample with gross hourly earnings in specified ranges are given in table 20 of part A. Percentages of full-time employees on adult rates with hourly earnings below stated amounts are given in table 26 of part A and similar information for part-time female employees is given in table 175 of part F.