Almost five million workers do not earn enough for “basic standard of living”, says KPMG report

Just one in five workers in the UK (4.82 million) earns enough for what is considered to be a decent standard of living.  This conclusion comes from new research carried out for accountancy firm KPMG. 

The research looked at the Living Wage, a voluntary rate which is calculated to give workers a basic standard of living.  It is currently £7.20 and hour (£8.30 in London); the national minimum wage is set at £6.19.   

The sectors with the highest percentage of workers paid below the Living Wage were bar staff (90 percent) and waiters/waitresses (85 percent).  However sales and shop staff made up the largest number of workers being paid at below this level.   

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