United Kingdom - Low pay, social mobility and regional disparities - November 30, 2017
The Social Mobility Commission, an advisory non-departmental public body, published a report on regional disparities and social mobility. The report finds that access to good jobs is a key driver for social mobility and recommends that local authorities should all become accredited Living Wage employers and encourage others to do the same. Major changes on the labour market over recent decades have imprisoned more than five million workers – mainly women – in a low pay trap from which few find escape: only one in six of those workers who were low paid in 2006 had managed to find a permanent route out of low pay a decade later. Although low pay is pervasive throughout the country, low-paid jobs, such as in retail and food services, are concentrated in particular regions, with more than 30% of residents in 71 largely rural areas earning below the voluntary living wage: average earnings in West Somerset are £312 a week but £670 in Wandsworth.
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