Document Abstract

Low pay Britain 2018

Uses ONS statistical data to explore the impact of the National Living Wage (NLW) policy on tackling the UK’s low pay problem. Indicates that, while the NLW had led to a fall in the number of employees who are low paid, pay progression is not a reality for most low-paid workers and opportunities are unequally shared. Notes that women are less likely to progress out of low pay, and more likely to switch into other low-paying jobs when they do move, and are more concentrated in a handful of large firms than low-paid men. Suggests that policy should tackle aspects of low-paid work that have been written off such as the provision of a right to request a fixed hours contract, a tailored package for people wishing to progress into better-paying work, and designing routes for women into more senior positions that offer part-time or flexible working.


This document is not available to download directly from Research Online. Wherever possible a web link has been included to access the document via the publisher’s website - please check below. If not, the document can be obtained directly from the source organisation or publisher. Skills Development Scotland cannot guarantee that the organisation will not charge for the document.

Web link

View more documents

Other page options

Publication information

D’Arcy, Conor
Ref No:
Resolution Foundation

Download Adobe Reader

Notes for Idox Members

Get the latest updates from Skills Development Scotland