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Low pay by industry

Key points

  • 27% of low-paid jobs are in the retail, wholesale and transport sector, and 21% of low-paid jobs were in hotels and restaurants.
  • 64% of jobs in the hotel and restaurant sector were low paid, and 29% of jobs in retail and wholesale were low paid.
  • Only 10% of jobs in private sector services were low paid, but as this is a large sector of employment, these make up around 1 in 5 of all low-paid jobs.

Low paid jobs by industry

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What does this graph show?

This graph shows the proportion of jobs within each industrial sector that are low paid, and these as a proportion of all low-paid jobs. 64% of jobs in the hotel and restaurant sector are low paid, but as this is a relatively small employment sector, this accounts for just over a fifth of all low-paid jobs overall. The other sectors with above average rates of low pay were retail and wholesale, with 29% of jobs in this sector low paid; and the arts and entertainment sector, with 25% of jobs in this sector paying below the London Living Wage.

However, the proportion of jobs in the arts and entertainment sector that are low paid have fallen from 30% since 2014. The public sector and community services and private sector services have a relatively low proportion of jobs paid below the London Living Wage, 11% and 10% respectively, but as there are relatively large in terms of total employment, they each make up just under and just over a fifth of all low-paid jobs.

Additional information

Private sector services include: information & communication, financial & insurance activities, real estate activities, professional, scientific & technical activities and administrative & support service activities.

Data used

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, ONS, 2016

Indicator last updated: 4 November 2016