Wage growth slows

Tuesday 14 May 2019

YWT logoResponding to today’s wage and labour market data, published by the Office for National Statistics, Young Women’s Trust communications and campaigns director Joe Levenson said: 

“Today’s data shows a fall in young women’s unemployment and economic inactivity, which is welcome news. 

“Wage growth, however, has slowed and we remain concerned about young people getting stuck on low pay. 

“We know that young women are already struggling to get by – and this will only make it harder. Many face inescapable debt, a battle to put food on the table and, in some cases, are having to leave work as an hour’s childcare costs more than an hour’s wages. 

“Young people need hope for a more secure financial future. That means extending the Government’s National Living Wage to under-25s, so they can keep up with the cost of living, and giving them the skills to get good jobs.”


Notes to editor: 

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 18-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. The Office for National Statistics today published UK labour market data for the period from January 2019 to March 2019.
  3. For more information or to speak to a young woman who is affected, please contact Bex Bailey on 07963018281 or bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org.