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Haringey named ‘worst’ local area for low-paid jobs in UK

A new analysis has found one in three jobs in Haringey is paid below the real living wage

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Haringey has been named the ‘worst’ local authority for the proportion of low-paid jobs.

A new analysis by Citizens UK found that one in three jobs (32.7%) pay below the real living wage in Haringey.

The analysis also showed that the top five local authorities with the highest proportion of low-paid jobs are in London – despite the higher costs of living in the capital. Currently, the real living wage is set at £12 in the UK and £13.15 in London.

After Haringey, Brent (29.5%), Waltham Forest (28.8%), Bexley (28.5%) and Redbridge (28.2%) had the highest proportion of low-paid jobs.

Local authorities in outer London account for 12 of the top 25 areas with the highest proportion of low paid jobs. Overall, 13.3% of jobs in London pay less than the real living wage – 574,000 jobs in total. The findings also showed that one in eight UK jobs is paid below the real living wage.

The data shared today (20th February) also coincided with news that the UK is officially entering a recession.

The analysis has come as part of the Making London a Living Wage City project, led by Citizens UK and the Living Wage Foundation – campaigning against in-work poverty.

Revd Dr Simon Woodman, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and Citizens UK leader, said: “All of us who live in London will know first-hand how the cost of living has risen in recent times, but those who also live with low pay are bearing the personal cost far more than others. It is a matter of shame that London, one of the world’s greatest cities, has the top five local authorities in the country with the highest proportion of low paid jobs: nearly a third of people in these areas are living on the edge of poverty. It’s time to change this, and employers can act decisively by leading the way in becoming accredited as Living Wage employers, as we work together towards making London a Living Wage City and banish the scourge of low pay to the pages of history.” 

Gina Rodriguez, Citizens UK leader, said: “With the cost-of-living crisis, too many low-paid workers are worrying about whether they can afford to turn the heating on during winter or if they’ll be able to afford groceries. This shouldn’t happen in one of the richest cities in the world.” 


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