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Living Wage Campaign Launches in Dorset


9:34am 28th May 2013

A meeting's being held in Bridport tonight (28th May) which will call on Dorset's biggest employers to increase staff wages.

A new campaign's been launched to persuade them to pay workers a so-called 'Living wage' of at least £7.45 an hour.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, 66,000 workers in the county - over one in four - earns less than the living wage. Research by LWD has also found:

-  Average pay for full time workers in Dorset is at least 5% lower than the national average with pay as low as 19% lower in South Dorset.

-  Women continue to earn approximately 80% of the male rates even on the lower Dorset wages.
-  Of the 18 high pay industrial sectors in the economy, Dorset's employment is under represented in these industries. Only 11% of the Dorset workforce is found in high pay sectors, below the national average.
-  Of the 13 low pay industrial sectors in the economy, Dorset's employment is over represented in these industries, compared with both the national average and the south west region.

Tonight's meeting is being held at Bridport Town Hall.

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