Benefit Package an Important Part of Earnings Profile

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE

The Treasury (Social Security section) have clarified that, 410 couples, 820 lone parents and 17 single or disabled workers receive Employed Persons Allowance.

It’s the top-up for those in full time work on very low incomes or those on reduced hours contracts (it replaced the old Family Income Supplement).

The Celtic League wrote originally to the Department for Economic Development following recent benefit changes and asking about part and full time employment (see below):

“The Minister for Economic Development
Mr Laurence Skelly MHK
Department of Economic Development
St Georges Court
Upper Church Street
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 1EX

27nd September 2015

Dear Minister,

In percentage terms the Island has fortunately been able to classify unemployment levels as very low (certainly compared to neighbouring States) for several years,

Can I ask if a statistical breakdown of the amount of full-time employment as opposed to part time employment is compiled by DED i.e. of the economically active population how many work 35 hours or more conversely what percentage work below 20 hours?

If this is available online the relevant URL will suffice as a reply

Additionally what proportion of the workforce receives State benefits to ‘top up’ their wage level? If DED do not have this information please advise and I will direct my enquiry to Treasury.

Best wishes,

Director of Information
Celtic League”

The query was structured in two parts and we did recognise that Treasury (Social Security) may have been better resourced to answer the second query – which they have promptly and for which we are grateful.

A reply from DED is still awaited but it does seem clear that government support via benefits is an important and vital part of a small section of employed person’s earnings.

I suppose the main question to be posed is how many employers are effectively having their employees wages boosted and what the profitability ratio of their companies is?

BERNARD MOFFATT

Issued by: The Celtic News

02/10/15

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