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Sixty Per Cent Of New Jobs For Women Since 2010 Are Low Paid

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The number of women in low-paid jobs has increased since the last election, figures have revealed. Since 2010, nearly 60 per cent of new jobs for women have come from low-paying industries, compared with 39 per cent of new jobs for men.

Fifty-nine per cent of jobs paying at most the minimum wage are held by women; and 27 per cent of jobs held by women pay below the living wage, against 17 per cent for men, the Commons Library figures show.

Rachel Reeves, shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “We’ll tackle low pay by raising the minimum wage to £8 an hour, and giving tax rebates to firms who pay a living wage. To give working people greater security at work we will ban exploitative zero-hour contracts.”

The figures emerged as Labour claimed that the married couples tax allowance, which comes into effect tomorrow, will help just 660,000 women, compared with the 10 million female workers a Labour government would help by bringing back the 10p starting rate of tax – which it would pay for by scrapping the married couples tax allowance.

I didn't think low pay was an issue now with all the welfare benefits available to those working.

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