One in four Doncaster workers ‘earning under living wage’

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More than one in four Doncaster workers earn below the living wage, according to figures released by a union.

A total of 27.7 per cent of Doncaster jobs pay less than the living wage of £7.85 an hour, making the borough the lowest-paid place in the region, says the GMB.

The figures were estimated by the Office for National Statistics based on its 2014 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, and analysed and ranked by the union.

Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband, said it was ‘disappointing’ so many people in Doncaster earn less than the living wage.

He said: “I believe more of the borough’s employers should follow the example set by Doncaster Council, led by Labour’s excellent mayor Ros Jones, which has committed to paying its staff the Living Wage.

“My support for the Living Wage is about securing real improvement to people’s lives.”

Over a third – 34.6 per cent – of women in Doncaster earn less than £7.85 an hour, while 20.8 per cent of men do not earn the living wage.

An average of 24.3 per cent of jobs pay below the living wage in Yorkshire and the Humber and the UK average is 21.7 per cent.

Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint, said: “It is not the sign of a healthy balanced economy or a thriving business community if firms cannot pay above minimum wage or rely entirely on zero hours contracts.

“We desperately need to give more Doncaster people the skills to earn decent money and hold down permanent jobs that pay enough to provide a family life.”