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Minimum Wage

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged (a) under 18, (b) under 21 and (c) over 60 years were found to be being paid below the national minimum wage in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) sex and (ii) ethnicity. (212351)

HMRC does not collect information which would allow them to determine the ethnic origins or age profile of underpaid workers. HMRC does hold information on gender profile of underpaid workers but not in the format requested. The following table shows the gender profile of underpaid workers.

Male

Female

2003-04

5,026

4,402

2004-05

5,801

5,460

2005-06

11,257

14,057

2006-07

4,989

9,200

2007-08

10,475

8,789