WALES

Location of low pay

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • The proportion of employees earning less than £7 per hour is highest in Gwynedd.
  • More generally, the geographic pattern of low pay is very different from that for lack of work (see the indicator on the location of people in receipt of out-of-work benefits).
  • Wales has a somewhat higher proportion of employees earning less than £7 per hour than most other parts of the United Kingdom.  This is the case for both men and women.

Definitions and data sources

The first graph and map show the proportions of employees paid less than £7 per hour by local authority.  The data is based on where people live rather than where they work.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three years.

The second graph shows, for the latest year, how the proportions of employees paid less than £7 per hour in Wales compares with the rest of the United Kingdom, with the data shown separately for men and women.

The data source for both the graphs and the map is the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).  The proportions have been calculated from the hourly rates at each decile using interpolation to estimate the consequent proportion earning less than £7 per hour.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  ASHE is a large annual survey of employers.