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Minimum Wage

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1185W, on the minimum wage, what percentage of those in the South West Region earning less than the minimum wage are (a) male and (b) female. (163955)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 November 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Answer of 30th October 2007, Official Report, column 1185W, on the minimum wage, what percentage of those in the South West Region earning less than the minimum wage are (a) male and (b) female. (163955)

I attach a table showing the number of jobs earning less than the national minimum wage by Government Office Region. Estimates for the number of jobs paid below the national minimum wage by region by gender are not available.

A guide to measuring low pay and associated articles can be found on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnkr=5837

Estimates of UK jobs paid below minimum wage by Government office region

2007

Government office region

Thousand

Percentage

North East

16

1.5

North West (including Merseyside)

32

1.2

Yorks and Humber

24

1.2

East Midlands

25

1.4

West Midlands

26

1.2

Eastern

27

1.2

London

23

0.7

South East

32

0.9

South West

25

1.1

Wales

17

1.5

Scotland

30

1.3

Northern Ireland

15

2.1

All*

292

1.2

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics