Low pay hits over half of self-employed.
Byline: STEPHEN HAYWARD
MORE than half Britain's 4.5 million self-employed are now on low pay.
Numbers on the breadline have soared nearly 20 per cent in the last seven years, a study will reveal tomorrow.
The findings of an independent think tank back Jeremy Corbyn's call for a better deal for self-employed workers who have no sick pay or job security.
Low pay is defined as earning less than two thirds of a PS11.51 hourly wage - under PS7.68 an hour.
Before the 2008 credit crunch, the self-employed were twice as likely to be low paid as employees, says the Resolution Foundation. But the gap has now widened, with more than 50 per cent on rock bottom wages.
The Low Pay Britain report warns many will soon face a "double whammy" - big cuts in their tax credits, and extra red tape once they move on to universal credit, because they will have to reveal how much they earn on a monthly basis.
Foundation policy analyst Laura Gardiner said: "It's vital the Government helps them." More than two thirds of hotel and restaurant workers and two in five shop staff are now low paid, according to the research.
WORST Women (27 per cent) are more low paid than men (17 per cent). And workers under 30 are more than twice as likely to be low paid.
The study found the East Midlands is the worst region for poor wages. The Foundation forecasts the number of people on less than the Living Wage will rise to 6.5 million next year.