Facts and figures on the National Minimum Wage

10 March 2015

The National Minimum Wage is the UK’s pay floor - designed to protect as many low-paid workers as possible without hurting jobs or the economy.

Did you know?

  • Micro and small firms account for a fifth (21%) of the total workforce but two fifths (37%) of all minimum wage jobs.
  • Large firms account for two - thirds (65%) of the total workforce but under half of minimum wage jobs (48%).
  • West Lancashire has the highest percentage of minimum wage jobs at 21.4%
  • Mole Valley in Surrey has the lowest % of minimum wage jobs at 0.3%.
  • The Low Pay Commission has produced an interesting fact sheet on the National Minimum Wage.

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