Starting out or getting stuck?: An analysis of who gets trapped in low paid work – and who escapes

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

It is generally acknowledged that the UK has a serious low pay problem. One in five employees were low paid in 2012, which compares poorly to other similar economies. But little is known about the persistence of low pay and consequently this is an under-developed aspect of the social mobility debate. This matters because many argue that, … Continued

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Mind the jobs gap

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The latest labour market data obscures the fact that job creation is failing to keep up with population growth, and that whole regions are being left out of any economic recovery Many UK politicians and commentators have highlighted that the UK labour market has performed remarkably well despite the weakness of the economic recovery following … Continued

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How does the minimum wage compare to top pay?

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Earlier this week the government announced that the minimum wage will rise to £6.31 from October this year. This marks a 1.9 per cent increase on the current rate of £6.19 and means the fourth straight annual fall in the real value of the minimum wage after inflation. The new rate was announced by Vince … Continued

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Keeping it real

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Incomes and Inequality

Trends in real wages under the new inflation measures Last month’s ONS Consumer Price Inflation release for February 2013 included for the first time two new inflation index series, the RPIJ (1997-2012) and the CPIH (2005-2012). These new measures have been introduced in response to concerns with the current RPI and CPI measures respectively. RPIJ  … Continued

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The squeeze on earnings continues

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The ONS 2012 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings release that came out this morning reveals that median real wages have fallen between 2010-11 and 2011-12. Median gross annual earnings for full-time employees were £26,500 for the tax year ending 5 April 2012, an increase of 1.4 percent from the previous year. But over the … Continued

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What impact will extra childcare support have for working parents?

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Tax and Welfare

The final report of the Commission on Living Standards, a broad group of leading employers, trade unionists, economists and heads of parents’ groups brought together by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation, was launched on Wednesday. A key recommendation put forward in the report was to extend the Early Years Entitlement (EYE) of 15 free hours of childcare … Continued

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