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Low pay by age and industry

2/5 low paid jobs are done by under 30s and over 1/2 of low paying hotel jobs are done by this age group

Low pay by age and industry

Data source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), ONS, UK, 2012.

In 2012, there were 5.1 million people earning below the living wage threshold of £7.45 per hour. Of these, 2 million were aged under 30, around two-fifths of the total.

The distribution of low-paid work by industry varies across age groups. Low paying retail jobs, for instance, are spread quite evenly across these age groups, but over half of low paying hotel jobs are carried out by the under 30s. Conversely, over half of low paying public sector jobs are carried out by the over 40s.

Updated: 23 October 2013

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