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Low Pay methodology and guidance

ONS produces information about the lower end of the earnings distribution and produces estimates for the number of jobs paid below the National Minimum Wage.

The figures are based on data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and are broken down by Age Group and by gender and full-time or part-time work and also by industry sector, Government Office Region and major occupation groups.

Distribution of UK employee low paid earnings by 10p bands is also provided.

The documents below provide information on Low Pay methodology and guidance. Additional guidance and advice may be obtained from

Measuring low pay - Focus points and rounding (179.6 Kb Pdf)
Measuring low pay - Measure and precision (177.8 Kb Pdf)
Measuring low pay - The importance of timing (124.9 Kb Pdf)
New Methodology for low pay estimates in 2004 (189.1 Kb Pdf)


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