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Healthcare and teaching sectors buoyed by National Living Wage

There are currently 66,003 vacancies across the sector, and 15,086 of those are minimum wage positions.  Across the sector as a whole, the average salary stands at &pound35,682 in June, 1.8% lower than &pound36,352 a year ago.

Teaching & education jobs are the next largest group of vacancies that would experience the direct impact of the new law, with 9,818 positions currently advertised for below the intended living wage, affecting 14.9% of all positions currently advertised.

But it was Logistics & warehouse positions that saw the greatest proportion of vacancies affected – nearly a fifth (19.5%) of the 36,207 available jobs would experience a wage increase.

Table 2: Sectors most affected by the National Living Wage

Job Sector           Total Vacancies Vacancies Affected by National Living Wage          Proportion affected by National Living Wage

Healthcare & Nursing      104,802               15,086 14.4%

Teaching & Education     66,003 9,818    14.9%

Admin   50,600 7,149    14.1%

IT            110,034               7,081    6.4%

Logistics & Warehouse   36,207 7,067    19.5%

 Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, says, “The Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, made a serious gaffe recently in suggesting that doctors need to extend their contracted hours to include weekends – and the backlash from doctors already working round the clock and outside the working week has been viral. Doctors may be the obvious face of the healthcare industry, but we can’t ignore the backbone of nurses and carers that are going to become ever-more important in the face of an ageing population, workers who deserve a pay rise.

“Many of our nation’s care personnel are on zero-hour contracts or are paid minimum wage, and these are the people that the National Living Wage will really assist. However, with employers like IKEA planning to pay above and beyond the new minimum to be introduced from April 2016: perhaps it’s time for some serious thought about NHS salaries – especially at the lower end of the scale.

“But implementation of the new law may not be straightforward. Looking at the proportion of warehouse workers getting a pay increase, begs the question of how large scale companies that rely on the sector, like Amazon, will manage the shift their business practices needed to accommodate the new law.”


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