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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nearly 80% of retailer NEXT vacancies are 12 hours or under per week and 94% less than £144 per week threshold for employers to pay National Insurance Contributions.

Minister who says“Tories are best placed to tackle low pay” should speak to Tory Peer Lord Wolfson to see how he is tackling low pay at NEXT where he is offering jobs people cannot live on says GMB.

A new study by GMB, the union for retail staff, shows that 729 or nearly 80% of the 935 current job vacancies at NEXT in the UK and Ireland are for part time staff being offered 12 hours and under per week. Only 53 of the 935 total vacancies or 5.7% pay wages above the £144 per week threshold for employers to pay national insurance contributions. The majority of the jobs offer pay between £5.08 and £6.21 per hour. 55 of the jobs are for apprentices with no pay rates identified above the national minimum wage of £2.65 per hour.

The publication of this study coincides with a speech by Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk and Minister for Skills (BIS and DfE) on 27th March about a Conservative approach to tackling low pay. See extract in notes to editors below.

Set out in the table below are the results of the study by region in the UK and Ireland. Set out at the foot of this release on the GMB website on www.gmb.org.uk  are 13 regional releases which details all the job vacancies in that region. See notes to editors for source of this data.

GMB has staged four demonstrations at NEXT for a living wage of £8.55 per hour in London and of £7.45 per hour in the rest of the country.

NEXT has recently reported gross profits of £1.12billion for the 12 months to Jan 2013. In the previous financial year Next made super profits of 17.5p per £ spent in the shops while average wages for staff are less than £9,571 per worker per year. In the same year

Lord Wolfson, the Tory peer who is the chief executive of NEXT in the same year received remuneration of £1.49m (£697,000 salary, £753,000 performance related bonus, £36,000 benefits). He also has 1,638,010 ordinary shares of 10p each. So far, after 17 years of pensionable service, has accrued an annual pension of £288,000, a transfer value of accrued annual pension being £3,911,000.

Next plc vacancies

     
 

Number of vacancies

12 hours and under

over 12 hours

various

North East

33

27

4

2

North West

126

110

10

6

Yorkshire & The Humber

92

64

24

4

East Midlands

68

53

15

0

West Midlands

91

62

19

10

Eastern

56

38

17

1

London

56

45

10

1

South East

130

98

22

10

South West

87

73

9

5

Wales

47

41

2

4

Scotland

92

74

12

6

Northern Ireland

31

23

5

3

Republic of Ireland

26

21

3

2

         

Total

935

729

152

54

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for the retail industry, said “GMB undertook this study after members employed by NEXT complained that no new contracts above 12 hours were to be issued to staff in future in their store.

Members complain that their working hours have been reduced. Some had to accept hours that are incompatible with their family circumstances, such as single mothers being unable to drop their children off at school or collect them. Some have had their working hours reduced from 16 hours, making them ineligible for tax credits.

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk and Minister for Skills (BIS and DfE) said in a speech today “Just as in the past I've argued that the centre-right needs to act on unjustified high pay, on ending the rewards for failure we saw at the top, so we must act on unjustified low pay at the other end of the spectrum.

Not only are the centre right best placed to tackle low pay, but we need to shout it from the rooftops. And we would be wrong to be coy about it: Tories are best placed to tackle low pay”.

Mr Hancock should have word with Tory Peer Lord Wolfson to see how he is tackling low pay at NEXT. He is offering jobs people cannot live on.  94% of the job vacancies at NEXT pay below the £144 per week threshold for employers to pay national insurance contributions.

Mr Hancock will find that that NEXT is leading the race to the bottom in the retail industry. Much of the merchandise they sell in the shops is sourced from badly paid workers in less developed parts of world. Now they are offering jobs to those selling this merchandise in the UK and Ireland with so few hours and such low pay that nobody can live on the earnings.

Retailers like NEXT and Amazon are anti-union employers. Consumers need to help these retail workers by insisting that profitable retailers offer a living wage of £8.55 per hour in London and of £7.45 per hour in the rest of the country and to offer enough hours per week to enable employees to earn enough to live on.”

End

Contact Paul Maloney 07801 343 839 or Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237 178 or Mick Rix 07971 268 343 or Michelle Gordon 07866 369 259 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

1 Source of data on NEXT vacancies: http://careers.next.co.uk/index.aspx?link=catwalk

2 Extract from speech by Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk and Minister for Skills (BIS and DfE) is giving this morning 27th March at the Resolution Foundation, about a Conservative approach to tackling low pay

“In discussing the economy, it's critical to remember that people, and people's living standards are the goal, not the means. It's a mistake economists make all the time: believe me; I used to be one.

Just as in the past I've argued that the centre-right needs to act on unjustified high pay, on ending the rewards for failure we saw at the top, so we must act on unjustified low pay at the other end of the spectrum.

Not only are the centre right best placed to tackle low pay, but we need to shout it from the rooftops. And we would be wrong to be coy about it: Tories are best placed to tackle low pay.

TACKLING LOW PAY

In some areas, the Government directly controls pay. By exempting the low paid from the pay freeze, and by progressive reforms to pensions, the low paid have been protected as much as possible.

Outside the employment directly controlled by the Government there are three crucial drivers of pay: the minimum wage, tax, and productivity. We must use all three.

First, the clearest rule governing low pay is the minimum wage. Some argue that the minimum wage is bad for the economy because it damages our competitiveness. We have relatively high pay compared to the rest of the world, and to compete we must keep our costs low. Now I'm passionately in favour of making Britain more competitive.

But we want to be competitive so people can be better paid. What is competitiveness for, if it's not to make us more prosperous and free? The standard argument against the minimum wage is that a minimum wage would price people out of jobs.

But work is a team effort. Working out how work is down to which member of the team is an imprecise art. Just as with high pay, the question of just rewards is important.

Crucially, job creation in Britain is happening at a pace.

In some areas there are skills shortages, alongside youth unemployment. Unless work pays, we will not get people out of benefits and into work.

The minimum wage is crucial to doing that. It supports the supply side. Indeed welfare reform, to make work pay, is strengthened by a higher minimum wage.

The bigger the pay rise when you go off benefits and into work, the more people we will get off benefits and into work. So I think we should not only support the minimum wage, but strengthen it. 

Because a strong minimum wage supports jobs by making work pay.”

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Yorkshire and Humber Region Press Release

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60% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in Yorkshire and the Humber are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

West Midlands Region Press Release

download docx31Kb (docx) - 28 March 2013

68% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in the West Midlands are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

Wales Region Press Release

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87% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in Wales are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

South West Region Press Release

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83% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in the south west are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

South East Region Press Release

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75% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in the south east are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

Scotland Region Press Release

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80% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in Scotland are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

Republic of Ireland Region Press Release

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80% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in the Republic of Ireland are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

North West Region Press Release

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87% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in the north west region are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

Northern Ireland Region Press Release

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74% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in Northern Ireland are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

North East Region Press Release

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Nearly 82% of retailer NEXT job vacancies in the north east are 12 hours or under per week.

London Region Press Release

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80% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in London are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

Eastern Region Press Release

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68% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in East Midlands are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

East Midlands Region Press Release

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78% Of job vacancies retailer "Next" in the East Midlands are 12 hours or under per week new GMB study shows.

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