Employers still failing to pay minimum wage

More
than 260,000 jobs in the UK pay less than the legal minimum wage, according to
the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

However,
this represents a fall of 70,000 since the last official low pay estimate in
spring 2002.

The
official figures suggest that 40,000 jobs held by 18 to 21 year olds pay less
than £3.60 per hour, while 220,000 employees aged over 22 get less than £4.20
per hour.

The
minimum wage was introduced on 1 April 1999 and now stands at £4.50 an hour (or
£3.80 an hour for those aged between 18 and 21).

www.statistics.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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