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.

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Author:
D’Arcy, Conor
Year:
2018
Pages:
62
Ref No:
B50769
Source:
Resolution Foundation

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