How much did a home keeper earn in three and a half years?
The average wage for a home worker in Britain is about £2,600, but the UK is not alone in its high-cost labour.
The Guardian reports that in 2016, an average household earned just over £6,000, according to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
But according to the report, the wage gap between the rich and the poor has narrowed to just 1.8 per cent of income in 2017.
“The gap between rich and poor is narrowing and there is much less pressure on the poorest,” said Martin Bell, senior research fellow at the Institute of Fiscal Studies, in a statement.
“It is also true that the UK’s public sector has seen a rise in pay, as a result of cuts to benefits and the introduction of a flat income tax.”
The Institute for Budget Studies, a think tank based in London, calculated the average UK wage for housekeepers in 2015 as £2.42 per hour, and it is around £2 per hour in 2018.
But this doesn’t take into account the cost of living, such as fuel, cleaning and upkeep, and the possibility of redundancy.
The report also noted that in 2018, the median UK housekeeper earned £18,500.
But Bell said that while this is an average, it does not account for the cost that comes with working in a low-paid job.
Bell said the UK has the highest number of low-wage jobs, with 8.4 million people working in low-paying jobs, and one in three working in hospitality, which is around half of the UK workforce.
“Housekeeping is a low cost but highly competitive occupation,” Bell said.
“In the UK it’s not uncommon to be working 20 hours a week, and you’re paying your bills.”
The Guardian also reported that housekeepers who are aged between 40 and 55 earn an average of £3,900 a year, while housekeepers aged between 50 and 65 earn around £4,000 a year.
The average hourly wage of a housekeeper in England is around €10, and this includes food and accommodation.