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Minimum Wage

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City of York he estimates are being paid at the level of the national minimum wage. (257973)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City of York are estimated as being paid at the level of the national minimum wage. (257973)

Estimates for the number of jobs paid at the national minimum wage are not available from the Office for National Statistics. However, estimates for the number of all employee jobs paid below the national wage are available by Government Office Region. This is the lowest geographical breakdown published by ONS.

I attach a table showing the number of jobs earning less than the national minimum wage for UK and the Yorkshire and the Humber region for all employees in 2008.

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?vlnk=5837

Number of employee jobs paid below the national minimum wage in the UK and the Yorkshire and the Humber region for 2008

2008

Number of jobs (Thousand)

UK

288

Yorkshire and the Humber

29

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.