More than four in ten working women in South Holland and The Deepings are getting a raw deal on pay and take home less than the “living wage”.
For women’s pay, South Holland and The Deepings is the second worst blackspot in the East Midlands with 42.9 of women taking home less than the living wage – beaten only by mid Derbyshire on 46.5 per cent.
The living wage is £7.65 an hour for places outside London and is based on meeting the basic needs of workers – while the Government’s minimum wage, the lowest figure that employers can legally pay is less still at £6.31.
The poorly paid women in South Holland and The Deepings are among five million people in the UK who get less than the living wage.
The figures come from the House of Commons Library and have been highlighted by the TUC (Trades Union Congress) as part of its Fair Pay Fortnight.
Midlands TUC regional secretary Rob Johnston said: “Extending the living wage is a vital way of tackling the growing problem of in-work poverty across the East Midlands and Britain as a whole.
“Working families are experiencing the biggest pressure on their living standards since Victorian times.
“Pay has been squeezed at all levels below the boardroom and it’s costing our economy dear.
“The number of living wage employers is growing rapidly and unions are playing their part in encouraging more employers to sign up and pay it – but Government must show equal initiative.”
Mr Johnston said workers should ask all MPs to put “decent pay” at the top of their agendas in the run-up to the election.
l The minimum wage will rise by 19p to £6.50 an hour in October, benefiting a million workers.