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Getting a job, and then getting on at work, is the essential means through which households can improve their circumstances. Our research looks at how the changing labour market is affecting the nature of work, with a focus on the growth of self-employment and the rise in insecure forms of work. We look for solutions that enhance economic security without damaging the performance of the jobs market.

Contacts

Hannah Slaughter

Senior Economist
T: 0203 372 2903
E: hannah.slaughter@resolutionfoundation.org

Nye Cominetti

Senior Economist
T: 0203 372 2963
E: nye.cominetti@resolutionfoundation.org
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The labour market is generating fewer jobs, but paying better for those who have one

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Today’s labour market data paint a picture of a labour market that is generating fewer jobs, but paying better for those who do have one. This picture is hazy, however,…
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Publications

Firm foundations

Understanding why employers use flexible contracts

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At the end of 2023, more than one-in-eight (13 per cent) employees in UK were working on some form of flexible contract that can be viewed as ‘precarious’, accounting for…
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The jobs market recovery stalls

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Today’s labour market data from the ONS suggest that both labour demand and labour supply are heading South. The only silver lining is that, for those that do have a…
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Events

Precarious profits?

Why firms use insecure contracts, and what would change their minds

Over one-in-ten workers across Britain is employed on some form of precarious contract. The problems with such working arrangements for some workers are well known: they have limited control over…
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Labour Market Outlook Q2 2024

Happy 25th birthday to the minimum wage

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This year’s minimum wage uprating is large: roughly 1.6 million workers stand to benefit directly on 1 April when the adult rate rises to £11.44 – giving a cash increase…
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A U-shaped legacy

Taking stock of trends in economic inactivity in 2024

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In an election year, jobs and benefits are often centre stage. Alongside the UK’s stagnant wage growth, there is one big issue that will face the next government: the rises…
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Setting a high bar

Celebrating 25 years of the minimum wage, and plotting its next path

The introduction of the minimum wage back in April 1999 was a controversial policy choice, with businesses warning that it would lead to widespread job losses. But 25 years on,…
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We’ve only just begun

Action to improve young people’s mental health, education and employment

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The transition to adulthood is a tumultuous time: leaving education, entering the labour market, living independent of family and managing one’s finances all come with their stresses and strains. But…
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