Study shows 2 million women earning below real living wage

The Living Wage Foundation has released figures indicating that 14 per cent of women in employment are paid below the real Living Wage in the UK, compared to 9 per cent of men, which equates to 1.4 million women.

The real Living Wage is currently set at £10.90 an hour across the UK, and £11.95 in London, and is calculated based on the cost of the basics required for a decent standard of living.

The charity also noted that women tend to earn less, and thus have been disproportionately affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

The report also highlighted that women are more likely to be on zero-hours work contracts and less likely to be paid for a cancelled shift.

60 per cent of all jobs that pay below the real Living Wage are held by women, and three-quarters of women reported that their pay increases their anxiety levels.

The Living Wage Foundation is encouraging all businesses that can to join its network of 12,000 Living Wage employers.

The real Living Wage is voluntarily paid by these employers, including Aviva, Lush, Burberry, Nationwide, Oxfam, and Nestle, among thousands of others.

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