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Six Million Employees in the UK Earn Less than the Living Wage


A recent study has found that almost six million people working in the UK are paid less than the recommended living wage.

While the living wage is representative of the cost of living in the UK, its rate is a recommendation to employers rather than being a legal requirement. This means that the living wage is not legally enforceable and its payment is decided upon by individual employers.

Conversely the national minimum wage is set by the Business Secretary each year on the advice of the Low Pay Commission and ensures that employers are legally required to pay their staff at least £5.30 per hour for 18 to 20 year olds, or £6.70 per hour for those over the age of 21.