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Bexley one of the worst places in the country for female workers

PUBLISHED: 10:07 28 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:36 28 August 2014

Many jobs are paying under the national living wage

Many jobs are paying under the national living wage

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Over 60 per cent of female workers in the area earn less than the living wage

Figures released by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) have highlighted the parts of the country where the fewest people receive the living wage.

The research shows that Bexley is one of the worst blackspots in the country for females who work part time. Over 60 per cent of these females earn less than the living wage, making it the fifth worst part of the country for women in work. The research shows that just over 28 per cent of males in work also earn less than the living wage in the area.

TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “Women are bearing the brunt of growing in-work poverty across Britain today.

“The living wage was created so that work can provide staff with a basic standard of living. But in many parts of Britain, most women working part-time are way off earning this.

“Women of all ages and skill levels often find themselves trapped in low-paid jobs. Opening up more senior jobs to part-time working is part of the solution. But we also need to look at why so many jobs in Britain pay so little when employers can easily afford to pay staff more.

“Women would gain most from a greater take-up of the living wage by employers. But tackling in-work poverty through better wages for our lowest-paid workers helps everyone in the long run as it would help secure a fair and more sustainable economic recovery.”

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