The Journal Opinion: Labour's plan to raise the minimum wage

The Journal's opinion column for Monday, September 22, in which we highlight the need for more highly-paid jobs in the North East

Chris Ison/PA Wire Labour leader Ed Miliband making his keynote speech at the Labour party conference
Labour leader Ed Miliband making his keynote speech at the Labour party conference

The fact that the North East will benefit most from a rise in the minimum wage to £8 an hour reveals an uncomfortable truth about the jobs market in our region.

And that is that we have too many people on the minimum wage.

A job is a job, of course and a healthy rise in the minimum wage would blow a warm breeze through the finances of many hard-pressed households across the North East. That, in turn, would help the region’s prosperity as a whole.

However, what would really make a difference to the region’s overall wealth is for us to add more highly-skilled, highly-paid jobs into the mix.

Mr Miliband’s pledge on the minimum wage ticked what for any Labour leader is a pretty easy box.

What Labour also need to spell out is what they are going to do to increase those more highly-paid jobs.

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