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Monday, 19 December 2016

Significant Rise in Scots Earning Below Living Wage

Scotsman - The number of Scots struggling to get by on low pay is on the rise prompting fresh calls for the Scottish Government to “get to grips” with poverty among people in work.

The flatlining economy and stagnant rates of pay has resulted in an increase of 70,000 workers north of the Border getting less than the real living wage over the past three years, according to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

It means that 467,000 Scots – about a fifth of the country’s workforce – were paid less than the current £8.45 living wage level. This is up from 395,000 in 2013 – an 18 per cent increase.

The real living wage is calculated by a cross section of low pay groups. This is higher than the national minimum wage of £7.20.

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