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• 23% of workers in Yorkshire are paid below the Living Wage
• Ryedale is one of worst affected local authorities in country, with 36% paid below RLW

Commenting on today’s (Monday) Living Wage Foundation figures which show that 493,000 workers (23%) in Yorkshire & the Humber are earning under the Real Living Wage (RLW), Yorkshire & Humber Regional Secretary Bill Adams said:

“People who work for a living ought to earn a decent living. It’s not right that so many people here in Yorkshire don’t earn enough to cover basic living costs like food for their families or money for rent and bills.

“And many of those struggling to get by will be the key workers getting us through this crisis – such as carers, supermarket staff and delivery drivers.

“The prime minister promised to ‘level up’ Britain. Ministers must start by working with unions to ‘level up’ pay and conditions across the country, including here in Yorkshire & the Humber.”

The analysis found that women are more likely to be paid below the Living Wage than men, with 27% of women in the region paid below the RLW, compared to 19% of men.

Overall, part-time workers are worst affected, with 40% paid below the RLW, including 44% of part-time men.

Ryedale is the 7th worst affected local authority in the entire country.


Editors note

- The report & data is available from the Real Living Wage Foundation.
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.


Gareth Forest (Lewis)    
0113 200 1075
07810 374976

Bill Adams (out of hours) / 07867 788856

TUC national press office    
020 7467 1248 

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