£10 Per Hour Living Wage

10 Jun 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.”