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Study shows workers in our area are earning less than a living wage




Nearly 11,000 Fenland workers were earning less than a real living wage of £9 per hour in the year to April 2018 according to new data.

Thousands of Fenland workers are failing to earn a real living wage, data shows.
Thousands of Fenland workers are failing to earn a real living wage, data shows.

In fact 25 per cent of the area's jobs (10,750) paid less than £9 per hour and just over a third of these were part-time, meaning the majority are full-time employment. The average hourly gross earnings in 2018 for Fenland was £11.90 which was almost £2 a hour less than the median (middle) wage for the East of England which was £13.39 in the year up to April 2018.

This data is from a new study by GMB London of official data for earnings and hours published by the Office for National statistics.

The area with the highest number of residents in jobs earning less than a real living wage of £9 per hour, as set by the Living Wage Foundation, is Peterborough which has 25,200. That is 30 per cent of jobs and 35 per cent of those part-time workers.



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