By Daniel Hunter

Real-term pay for full-time workers in the UK is still 10.4% below pre-crisis levels in 2007, according to the GMB union.

The research suggested that it is the lowest paid who are being hardest hit by the squeeze on household finances. The real value of earnings for full time workers in the lower occupational group of jobs in UK is still 12.6% below its value in 2007.

Jobs in this main occupational group include security guards, shelf fillers, hospital porters, kitchen and catering assistants and cleaners.

The next worst affected occupational group are the caring, leisure and other service occupations where the real value of earnings for full time workers is still 11.3% below its value in 2007.

This data is in a new analysis by GMB of the recently published Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) for 2014 compared with comparable data from ASHE for 2007 for the year before the recession.

The real value of average earnings for full time workers in protective service jobs, like police and fire service officers, are down 15.3% on 2007. This is the occupational sub group that has fared worst since 2007.

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