Report highlights north west’s low-paid jobs

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The full extent of low-wage employment in the North West is laid bare by the GMB union’s analysis of the latest official estimates for the percentage of jobs paying less than the Living Wage.

The areas in the North West with the largest proportion of jobs paying less than the Living Wage are West Lancashire (38.3 per cent), Blackpool (33.9 per cent), Rossendale (33.7 per cent), Allerdale (33.2 per cent) and Oldham (32.9 per cent).

Preston, which is a Living Wage employer, finished in 32nd spot on 21.4 per cent.

The areas with the smallest proportion of jobs below the Living Wage were Copeland (11.3 per cent), Manchester (15.8 per cent), Salford (16.4 per cent), Fylde (17.7 per cent) and Halton (19 per cent).

The North West average is 23.6 per cent and the UK average is 21.7 per cent.

GMB is publishing this material to mark the launch of its 2015 campaign to get every local authority signed up to the Living Wage. 134 out of 375 local authorities in England and Wales have so far implemented the Living Wage for their lowest-paid staff

Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary, said: “No area is immune from the low-pay epidemic which is why all local authorities need to champion the Living Wage in their communities, beginning with their own staff and contractors. There are 446,300 council employees paid less than the Living Wage, the majority of them women working part-time.”