Employee jobs below the Living Wage 2022

Think tank: The Living Wage Foundation

Author(s): Sakinah Abdul Aziz; Joe Richardson

November 13, 2022

This report from UK think tank the Living Wage Foundation looks at employee jobs paid below the Living Wage.

This is the eleventh annual update to the ’employee jobs paid below the Living Wage’ report, which uses data from the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) Annual Survey for Hours and Earnings (ASHE) to reveal the number of jobs below the real Living Wage. Our analysis finds that:12.2 per cent of employee jobs in the UK (3.5 million jobs) were paid below the Living Wage in April 2022, compared with 17.1 per cent (4.8 million employee jobs) in April 2021. This is the lowest it has been since April 2012, when the figures were first recorded. However, with wages lagging behind inflation and the cost-of-living crisis expected to continue, our forecast indicates that both figures will climb next year. The forecast projects that 18.5 per cent of jobs will be paid less than the Living Wage in 2023 (amounting to 5.1 million jobs in total).