HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 c568W
Mr. Tom King

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many(a) full-time and (b) part-time persons employed by her Department and its agencies are paid (i) less than £4 an hour, (ii) less than £3.50 an hour and (iii) less than £3 an hour. [4199]

Mr. Field

The information requested is in the table.

Full-time Part-time
Less than £3.00 per hour None None
Less than £3.50 per hour 6,472 1,017
Less than £4.00 per hour 110,392 11,347
1Figures also include those staff paid at £3.50 per hour.

1. The information includes staff who are employed on a casual basis.

2. For the purposes of this table, the hourly rates quoted above are based on a 42 hours conditioned working week which includes payment for a lunch hour each working day (i.e., for 5 hours).

3. Figures are based on basic salary and exclude allowances.

4. All staff (excluding those employed on a casual basis) may elect to join the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme which is not based on employee contributions. Civil service pay rates have traditionally reflected the non-contributory nature of these pension arrangements.