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£10 Per Hour Living Wage

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Campaign For £10 Per Hour Living Wage Launched At GMB Congress In Nottingham Which Has Lowest Level Of Household Disposable Income In UK

A £10 per hour living wage would free our members from claiming benefits or pay day loan sharks and go some way to reversing inequality of income from work says GMB.

A campaign for a living wage of £10 per hour wage across the security industry was launched today at GMB Congress in Nottingham.  GMB members in the security industry are calling for an end to poverty pay and demanding respect at work and a decent wage they can live on.

GMB Congress was told that according to recently published official figures Nottingham has an average gross household disposable income per head of £11,411 which is the lowest in the East Midlands region and in the UK.

The average gross household disposable income per head for UK is £16,791.Gross disposable household income is the amount of money that all of the individuals in the household sector have available for spending or saving after income distribution measures (for example taxes, social contributions and benefits) have taken effect. Included are wages and salaries, rental income and interest on savings and social benefits received and other current transfers.

London has an average household disposable income per head of £21,446 which is the highest in the UK.

Set out in the table below is the data for nations and regions in the UK. See notes to editors for source, geographies and definitions of the latest available data which was released on 14th June 2014.

Northern Ireland has an average household disposable income per head of £13,902  which means it ranks lowest in the UK regional league. See notes to editors for regional league.

The 10 areas with the for the lowest average gross disposable household income per head are Birmingham £12,793, Bradford £12,786, Walsall £12,686, Stoke-on-Trent £ 12,660, Wolverhampton £12,632,  West and South of Northern Ireland £12,605, Kingston uponHull, City of £12,250, Blackburn with Darwen £11,582, Leicester £ 11,539 and Nottingham £11,411. See notes to editors 9 for list of bottom 30 areas in UK. The figures for all 139 areas in UK are set out as pdf at foot of this release.

Average gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) per head  by region in UK                      

 

 

£ per head

 

 

2012

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom

16,791

 

 

 

 

England

17,066

 

Wales

14,623

 

Scotland

16,267

 

Northern Ireland

13,902

 

 

 

 

London

21,446

 

South East

19,126

 

East of England

17,630

 

South West

16,914

 

Scotland

16,267

 

East Midlands

15,206

 

North West

14,939

 

West Midlands

14,744

 

Wales

14,623

 

Yorkshire and The Humber

14,575

 

North East

14,393

 

Northern Ireland

13,902

Jude Brimble, GMB National Officer for the security industry, said “the cost of living crisis is about inadequate wages and hours.

Britain needs a pay rise and enough hours of work to earn a decent living. Too many people at work in the security industry have to claim benefits to make ends meet. Zero hours contracts and a minimum wage that has become the maximum for millions has created a vast army of working poor

A £10 per hour living wage would free our members from claiming benefits or pay day loan sharks. It would go some way to reversing inequality of income from work.

Calling for anything less would be calling for our members to be trapped forever in the benefit trap. The only people who can make work pay are employers and the only people who can make them is unions.

There also has to be a recognition that workers need to work enough hours to enable them to secure an income they can live on. 125 years ago the founders of our union fought to cut daily hours from 12 to 8. Today we have to fight to get from zero to eight."

End

Contact: Jude Brimble 07850 974198 or Martin Smith 07974 251722 or Kamaljeet Jandu 07956237178.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to editors

1    Figures quoted in this release are at current prices, which include the effects of price changes (inflation).The Source is Office for National Statistics.

2    The Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics, abbreviated as NUTS is a geographical classification that subdivides territories of the European Union (EU) into regions at three different levels (NUTS 1, 2 and 3, respectively, moving from larger to smaller territorial units).  This data is provided for the NUTS3 level.

3    It should be noted that these estimates relate to totals for all individuals within the household sector for a region rather than to an actual average household or family unit. GDHI per head estimates give values for each person, not each household.

4    The components of GDHI trace the resources (incomings) and uses (outgoings) of the household and non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) economic sector.

5    Resources, or incomings, of the household and NPISH sector can be split into primary resources and secondary resources. The former relates to items such as wages and salaries, rental income and interest on savings. The latter relates to social benefits received and other current transfers, such as monetary gifts and insurance pay-outs.

6    Primary resources comprise operating surplus, mixed income, compensation of employees and property income and relate to the income earned by the household and NPISH sector as a result of productive activity or the ownership of productive assets. They include wages and salaries, rental income from buildings, income from self-employment and income from the ownership of financial assets, such as interest on savings.

7    Social benefits and imputed social contributions are the main source of secondary resources, the amount received by the household sector in the redistribution of income. They include national insurance fund benefits, such as state pensions and unemployment allowance, and non-contributory benefits such as Child Benefit and tax credits. Imputed social contributions are those paid directly by employers to current and former employees.

8    These statistics provide an overview of economic diversity and social welfare at regional, sub-regional and local area levels. They supply information about the availability of disposable income throughout the UK. Disposable income is a concept which can be used to approximate the ‘material welfare’ within the household sector, although the term ‘welfare’ is commonly used in ways that go beyond financial wealth and, as such, cannot be measured by a single statistic.

9        Average Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) per head in the lowest 30 areas in UK -  raned out of 139 - £  per head  in 2012

110

Calderdale and Kirklees

14,017

111

East Derbyshire

13,977

112

North and North East Lincolnshire

13,941

113

Gwynedd

13,874

114

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham

13,836

115

Sunderland

13,717

116

Sheffield

13,609

117

South Teesside

13,564

118

Central Valleys

13,511

119

Southampton

13,488

120

Gwent Valleys

13,452

121

Coventry

13,374

122

Luton

13,277

123

Portsmouth

13,218

124

Liverpool

13,176

125

Dudley

13,130

126

Derby

13,047

127

Blackpool

13,009

128

North of Northern Ireland

12,863

129

Sandwell

 

12,848

130

Birmingham

12,793

131

Bradford

12,786

132

Walsall

 

12,686

133

Stoke-on-Trent

12,660

134

Wolverhampton

12,632

135

West and South of Northern Ireland

12,605

136

Kingston upon Hull, City of

12,250

137

Blackburn with Darwen

11,582

138

Leicester

11,539

139

Nottingham

11,411

 

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Additional Resources

CAMPAIGN FOR £10 PER HOUR LIVING WAGE IN SOUTH EAST LAUNCHED AT GMB CONGRESS IN NOTTINGHAM

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Rlated GMB Press Release for the South East

Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI)1 per head at current basic prices

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Raw Data for Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI)1 per head at current basic prices

CAMPAIGN FOR £10 PER HOUR LIVING WAGE FOR SECURITY STAFF IN WEST MIDLANDS LAUNCHED AT GMB CONGRESS IN NOTTINGHAM

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Related GMB Press Release for the West Midlands

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