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MINIMUM WAGE GOOD FOR MILLIONS

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The Guardian (p19) assesses the implications of a minimum wage set at£4.42. Four and a half million low-paid worke...
The Guardian (p19) assesses the implications of a minimum wage set at£4.42. Four and a half million low-paid workers will receive a pay rise if unions achieve their aim. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 21 per cent of the country's 21.5 million employees would benefit from a pay floor set at half male median earnings.

A regional breakdown of these figures, the Guardian continues, shows Wales with the highest proportion of full-time employees earning below£2.50 (1.1 per cent), while London had the lowest at 0.5 per cent. Scotland had the highest concentration of part-time employees on less than£2.50 an hour (5.5 per cent) and Merseyside the lowest (3.2 per cent). St Ives in Cornwall, with a high proportion of seasonal workers, had almost one-third of employees on less than£4 an hour, the highest figure anywhere in Britain.
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