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Wales TUC: 'Pay has been squeezed at all levels'

Wales TUC says nearly a quarter of jobs in Wales pay less than the living wage.

Their General Secretary, Martin Mansfield said working families are facing the biggest pressures since Victorian times.

Pay has been squeezed at all levels below the boardroom and it's costing our economy dear.

The number of living wage employers is growing rapidly and unions are leading the way in encouraging more employers to sign up and pay it as part of a fairer overall deal at work.

Workers in Wales need to see a far greater commitment to pay the living wage from employers, and the UK Government needs to act now to introduce modern wages councils, which could set higher minimum rates in industries where employers can afford to pay their staff more.

– Martin Mansfield, Wales TUC General Secretary

Nearly a quarter of jobs 'pay less than the living wage'

The living wage stands at £7.65 per hour across the UK. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Wales TUC says close to a quarter of jobs in Wales pay less than the living wage.

Their analysis of official figures revealed 23% of Welsh workers are paid below the living wage - a higher share than in any other UK nation or region.

It also found the concentration of low paid work varies across parliamentary constituencies.

For example, Dwyfor Meirionnydd and Rhondda top the table of pay blackspots with 39.9% and 39.7% of those working locally, earning below the living wage respectively.

For working women, the picture is even bleaker, with around 46% of women working in Dwyfor Meirionydd taking home less than the living wage.

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the National Minimum Wage.


Gender gap on pay in Wales widens

An American wartime propaganda poster from 1943 to boost worker morale.

Women also are still earning less than men because they are often working in lower-paid and part-time jobs with the majority of people in higher paid work still men. Here are the headline figures from the Working Patterns in Wales report:

· Four out of five Welsh workers are in gender-segregated occupations

· 64% of full-time jobs are held by men

· 88% of part-time jobs are held by women

· 90% of men work full-time and 10% part-time

· 91% of jobs in the Skilled Trades are held by men

· Only three skilled trade occupations out of a total of 56 are dominated by women

· 84% of Wales' professional women are concentrated in education, health, social work and public administration.

· At least 40% of work in feminized occupations is contracted on a part-time basis

· The hourly pay gap between full-time male workers and part-time female is 34%

'Women are largely missing from decision-making tables' says Equality and Human Rights Commissioner

A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission shows almost no progress has been made over the last decade in getting more women in Wales into positions of power.

When we look back over a decade of gathering these statistics, our findings show that in several sectors there are fewer women at the top than in 2004. This represents a lost decade in attempts to get more women into senior positions in Wales.

These figures highlight a wider failure to ensure our corridors of power reflect the diversity of Wales and include people from under-represented groups, such as ethnic minority and disabled people.

Good intentions are not enough. This year's report is a wake-up call. it is time to adopt strong measures to speed up the pace of change.

– Ann Beynon, Commissioner for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission

'Lost decade' in attempts to get more women into top jobs

A survey of 100 top companies in Wales found only 2% have women Chief Executives Credit: PA

Almost no progress has been made over the past decade in getting more women into positions of power and influence in Wales. That's according to a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The 'Who Runs Wales? 2014' report looks at key areas of Welsh life including politics, local government, health and the private sector, in order to assess the gender balance at decision-making tables in Wales.

The findings of the report compared to a decade ago are as follows:

• 42% of the National Assembly are women, compared with 50% in 2003.

• 27% of the Welsh Government Cabinet, compared with 56% 10 years ago.

• Only 10% of NHS Trust Chief Executives are women. It was 29% in 2003.

• 9% of Council leaders in Wales are women, compared with 14% ten years ago.

The report also found only 27% of Welsh Councillors are women.

It also found there are no female Police and Crime Commissioners or Chief Constables.

Ann Beynon, Commissioner for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission said the report paints a stark picture of Wales.


BT to create 50 new apprentice and graduate jobs in Wales

BT plans to create more than 1,000 posts across the UK Credit: PA

BT is expecting to create around 50 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in Wales, as part of a major nationwide recruitment drive.

The company says it's casting its net across the UK for 300 top science, technology and business graduates who want to build their careers in the IT and Telecom sector.

Around 730 apprenticeships will also be offered to UK school and college leavers in the areas of engineering, software design, IT support, finance and logistics.

The company has also launched a new digital media technology apprenticeship that will provide new recruits with experience and skills in web development, digital networks, digital TV and digital media distribution.

BT's Chief Executive Gavin Patterson has described it as an exciting time.

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