Wales was revealed as the one of the hardest hit proportionally, with 23% of workers earning less than the living wage – just behind Northern Irelandon on 24%.
The ‘living wage’ is calculated as being the minimum needed to enable workers to afford a basic standard of living, according to a study by KPMG. The rate is calculated to be £8.30 an hour in London and £7.20 in the rest of the country while the national minimum wage rate is £6.19 an hour.
The research indicates, bar staff, waiters and waitress are most likely to be paid below the ‘living wage’ (90% and 85% respectively).
“It is really bad,” said the cashier, “I hope the situation can be improved, but I can do nothing.”