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Premier football and the minimum wage

Many Premier League football clubs are paying barely the minimum wage to cleaners, kitchen porters, cashiers and bar staff.

Issue No. 2115

The Premier League kicked off last week. Its highest paid player, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, has won a new contract paying him £151,000 a week, or £3,775 an hour.

In stark contrast Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, West Ham and Fulham are all paying barely the minimum wage of £5.52 an hour to cleaners, kitchen porters, cashiers and bar staff, according to a recent report by the Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank.

A survey of all 20 Premier League clubs carried out by the Institute for Public Policy and the Fair Pay Network found some paying staff in match tickets, not in cash.


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Tue 19 Aug 2008, 18:36 BST
Issue No. 2115
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