We need to address Britain’s Jekyll and Hyde labour market

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

The latest chapter in the British labour market’s Jekyll and Hyde story was published this week. New data on jobs, pay and inflation continued the plot of recent months: an impressively high employment rate twinned with woeful wage growth that’s unable to keep up with prices. But for one group at least, recent developments have … Continued

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Better pay for care workers: up-front costs but long-term gains

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Jobs, Skills and Pay, Tax and Welfare

There is growing realisation that the race to the bottom in working conditions is becoming a barrier to quality in social care. Low pay, at times below the minimum wage, and unenviable terms are unlikely to deliver the sustainable long-term care system that our ageing society requires. While many accept this, so far we have … Continued

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Stuck or just passing through: how can policy-makers improve social mobility?

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Incomes and Inequality

One of the recurring fixtures of British political life is a bout of soul-searching about social mobility. Depending on the point of view of the pundit, this tends to involve a nostalgic backward glance to an era when things were supposedly better (cue unevidenced claims about the mobility-boosting virtues of grammar schools) or, less commonly, … Continued

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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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The price we pay for poverty wages is too high

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

Low pay is not simply a rite of passage that young people go through, the odds of escaping are truly grim. Living on low pay in 2013 is a rough and all too common experience, but being stuck on poverty-pay for a decade or more is tougher still. Yet for all the talk in Westminster … Continued

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