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What are Britain's Lowest Paid jobs?

Geoff Riley

8th November 2022

What are the lowest paid jobs in the UK labour market? Low pay is a big issue especially during a cost-of-living crisis. Millions in the UK live in families where one or more people are in relatively low paid work. This creates working poverty.

The definition of low pay is important:

  • Low pay is pay < two-thirds of median hourly earnings
  • High pay is > 1.5 times median hourly earnings.
  • Median hourly earnings for all employees in 2022 are £14.77
  • Therefore low-pay employees are anyone earning below two-thirds of £14.77, which is £9.85 per hour

Click on the video to find the lowest paid jobs in the UK in 2022.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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