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Thursday 24 September 2020

Raising pay vs protecting jobs?

Where next for the National Living Wage

Live interactive webinar.

This pandemic has shone a spotlight on the vital work done by Britain’s low-paid workers who, from supermarket staff to care workers, were the most likely to continue working even while the rest of the economy was shut down or working from home. Many people would agree that a higher minimum wage is the least these workers deserve for helping Britain through the crisis. But with the crisis far from over, others warn that too high an increase could threaten jobs at a time when low earners are being worst affected by mounting unemployment.

How much should the National Living Wage rise next year? Is the Government’s ambition to abolish low pay by the end of the parliament more important or less realistic in the wake of the covid crisis? And are there other low pay related issues to look out for during this turbulent period for the labour market?

To mark the launch of its annual report Low Pay Britain 2020, the Resolution Foundation is hosting an interactive webinar to debate and answer these questions. We will hear from the Chair of the Low Pay Commission Bryan Sanderson and leading labour market economist Professor Susan Harkness. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event.