United Kingdom

Location of low pay

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • In all regions, except for London and the South East, at least a fifth of all female employees earned less than £7 per hour in 2010.  In all regions, except for London and the South East (where the proportion is lower) and Northern Ireland (where the proportion is higher), 12-16% of male employees earned less than £7 per hour.
  • See the indicator on trends in low pay.

Why this indicator was originally chosen

Low pay is much more prevalent in some geographic areas than others, Furthermore, the prevalence of low pay does not follow the same geographic pattern as the prevalence of lack of work and thus it is an important subject for investigation.

Definitions and data sources

The graph shows how, for the latest year, the proportion of employees paid less than £7 per hour varies by region, with the data shown separately for men and women.

The map shows how the proportions of employees paid less than £7 per hour varies 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 data source for both the graph and the map is the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).  The data includes both full-time and part-time employees relates to the United Kingdom.  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.

External links

Relevant 2007 Public Service Agreements

None directly relevant.

The numbers

Graphs 1

Region Men Women
East 12% 20%
East Midlands 14% 28%
London 9% 12%
North East 16% 28%
North West 15% 26%
Northern Ireland 18% 25%
Scotland 13% 20%
South East 10% 19%
South West 13% 24%
Wales 15% 26%
West Midlands 14% 25%
Yorkshire and the Humber 14% 26%