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Rise in workers earning less than Living Wage

Government publishes 2022 earnings survey

There was a jump in the number of people earning less than the Living Wage last year, and an increase of those on Minimum Wage.

Government has published the findings of its annual Earnings Survey.

It says the rise in those areas is due, at least in part, to significant increases in both the Living and Minimum Wages.

Last year if you were on Minimum Wage you were earning £9.50.

That figure jumped to £10.75 this April, a move, it's hoped, is a step towards closing the gap between that and the calculated Living Wage of £11.05.

The Living Wage is the amount you'd have to earn to allow you access to the basic opportunities and choices necessary to participate in society.

This latest survey shows 16.9-percent of workers on the Island earn less than that, up from 10.2-percent the year before, and around triple the percentage, 5.6-percent, calculated in 2017.

Meanwhile, 4.5-percent earned minimum wage last year - a marked annual increase from 1.3-percent in 2021.

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