Bexhill and Battle Worst in the South East

Bexhill and Battle Worst in the South East

Bexhill and Battle Worst in the South East

In some parts of the South East a third of jobs (34.5 per cent) are paying less than the living wage, the TUC has revealed.

TUC analysis of official figures from the House of Commons Library shows that nationally on average one in five jobs pays under the living wage – currently set at £8.80 in London and £7.65 across the rest of the UK – but in some parliamentary constituencies many more people working there earn less than this.

Across the UK, around five million people get paid less than the living wage.

Bexhill and Battle tops the list of living wage black spots in the South East, with 34.5 per cent of the jobs based there paying less than the living wage. This is followed by Bognor Regis and Littlehampton (32.6 per cent), Hastings and Rye (29 per cent), South Thanet (29 per cent) and North Thanet (27.7 per cent).

For working women the picture is even more bleak. In Bexhill and Battle getting on for half (43.7 per cent) of jobs pay less than the living wage, followed by Bognor Regis and Littlehampton (34.4 per cent), Eastbourne (34.2 per cent), Sittingbourne and Sheppey (34 per cent) and South Thanet (33.8 per cent).

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