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Minimum Wage

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in Scotland aged (a) 16 and 17 and (b) between 18 and 21 years are receiving the relevant rate of the national minimum wage. (99575)

It is not possible to estimate the number of jobs paid exactly at the national minimum wage, but the DTI can make estimates based on data from the Office for National Statistics’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2006.

In April 2006, the number of jobs in Scotland (a) held by employees aged between 16 and 17, paid between £3.00 and £3.10, was less than 1,000 and (b) held by employees aged between 18 and 21, paid between £4.20 and £4.30, was around 8,000.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many 16 and 17-year-olds in Scotland have received the young workers rate of national minimum wage since its introduction. (99576)

Although it is not possible to estimate the number of jobs paid exactly at the national minimum wage, the DTI can make estimates based on data from the Office for National Statistics Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2005 and 2006.

In Scotland, the number of jobs held by 16 and 17-year-olds paid between £3.00 and £3.10 was 2,000 in April 2005, and less than 1,000 in April 2006.