Young Women’s Trust calls on employers to pay a living wage

Monday 6 November 2017

Young Women’s Trust calls on employers to pay a living wage

 Commenting on today’s increase in the Living Wage to £8.75 an hour (£10.20 in London), Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:

“Young Women’s Trust welcomes the increase in the living wage. Low pay and job insecurity are causing high levels of debt and leaving young people struggling to afford the basics. Young women in particular are finding themselves on low wages and unable to make their money last to the end of each month. Sometimes, an hour’s childcare can cost more than an hour’s wages.

 “Young people tell us they want to work hard and be financially independent – but Young Women’s Trust research shows they have little hope for the future.

 “Much more needs to be done to improve young people’s prospects – and that includes employers paying a living wage. This would benefit businesses and the economy too.”

ENDS

Notes to editor:

Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides coaching services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.

  1. The new Living Wage was announced today (Monday 6 November 2017) by the Living Wage Foundation.
  2. Young Women’s Trust is concerned that the Government has not extended the National Living Wage – which is lower than the real living wage – to under-25s, meaning they can be paid less for the same work. The charity released a report on the issue last month, which can be found here: https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/assets/0000/8060/Paid_Less_Worth_Less.pdf
  3. Young Women’s Trust commissioned Populus Data Solutions to conduct a survey of young people. A representative sample of 4,010 18-30 year-olds in England and Wales, from the Populus Live Online Panel, were surveyed between 4 and 14 July 2017. The survey found that:
  • one in six young people (17 per cent) have been paid less than the legal minimum wage;
  • a third of young people (30 per cent) have been offered a zero hours contract;
  • more than half (53 per cent) are worried about how much their job pays;
  • one in ten (11 per cent) skip meals in order to make their cash last to the end of the month;
  • nearly half (45 per cent) are living with their parents; and
  • a quarter (25 per cent) are in constant debt and just 39 per cent of young people think they will be debt-free by the time they are forty – they think it is just as likely that scientists will have found life on other planets (37 per cent)

For more information or to speak to a young woman who is affected, please contact Bex Bailey on 07963018281 or bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org

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