Workers [Pounds Sterling]1,300 Worse off as Slump Squeezes Families; Part-Time and Temporary Posts Fuel Surge in 'Under-Employment'

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Workers [Pounds Sterling]1,300 Worse off as Slump Squeezes Families; Part-Time and Temporary Posts Fuel Surge in 'Under-Employment'


Byline: Alan Simpson Scottish Political Reporter

SCOTS workers are more than [pounds sterling]1,000 a year worse off than three years ago as wages are outstripped by the soaring cost of living.

Figures published yesterday at Westminster show the average Scot earned [pounds sterling]498 a week last year, compared with [pounds sterling]523 in 2010, a fall in annual earnings of [pounds sterling]1,300.

This is the equivalent to a family holiday to Turkey or 17 weekly shops a year. It would also pay for 16 tanks of petrol or 32 pairs of boys' school shoes.

The slump in take-home pay is blamed on a rise in the number of people being forced to work fewer hours, highlighting the impact of the recession on ordinary families.

It comes after a recent report showed that Scots earned more than [pounds sterling]5billion less last year than in 2007.

In 2007, on the eve of the recession, workers earned a total for the year of [pounds sterling]57.3billion.

But in 2012 this was only [pounds sterling]51.5billion, a fall of 10.1 per cent. The dip comes despite the number of people in work rising to the highest levels since 1992, with unemployment now below the 200,000 mark. Many new posts, however, are part-time, temporary or self- employed.

Nearly 100,000 Scots have lost their full-time jobs in the past five years, leaving huge numbers desperate to work longer hours to make ends meet.

Business leaders claim firms are forced to offer only part-time hours because they do not have enough work for full-time employees. …

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