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Britain’s post-crisis stagnant pay growth presents a serious challenge to living standards. Our work on pay seeks to understand the drivers of this unprecedented squeeze. Underneath this big question we have several areas of focus. One is the problem of low pay, including workers that are ‘stuck’ and what can help them move better paid work. Another is the the minimum wage, which has had a tremendous impact on the labour market in its 20 years, even more so since its increases post-2016, but which now faces an uncertain future. Finally, in addition to our research, every year we calculate the real Living Wage rates for London and the Rest of the UK on behalf of the Living Wage Commission.

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Nye Cominetti

Senior Economist
E: nye.cominetti@resolutionfoundation.org
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Pay growth gap adds to staffing crisis in the public sector

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Today’s labour market data show real pay falling fast in the private sector, and even faster in the public sector. Public sector vacancies have hit a new record, while vacancies…
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Five take-aways from the 2022 ASHE release: a bad year for pay growth, but good news on pay inequality

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The ONS published their annual release from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) on October 26th. It’s not the timeliest data – it was collected from a survey…
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Low unemployment belies a labour market in poor health

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Today’s labour market data showed unemployment hitting its lowest rate since 1974. On the face of it, this is cause for celebration. But a shrinking labour force, not a rise…
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Events

Power, pay and profits

What do shifts in firm and worker power mean for wages?

Firms create value – at least the successful ones do. But who benefits, the firm’s owners or workers, and by how much, is often up for grabs. That’s why power…
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Unemployment hits a record low but pay is still falling in real terms

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Tuesday’s labour market data contained good news on unemployment, which fell to its lowest level in 50 years, but bad news on real pay, which is falling and set to…
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Publications

Labour Market Outlook Q1 2022

How should we interpret strong nominal earnings growth?

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In the first months of 2022, the labour market continued to tighten, with no sign of weakening in the aftermath of the JRS. Unemployment has fallen further, and stood at…
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January’s labour market data confirms 2022 will be the year of the pay squeeze

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The big news in this morning’s labour market stats was confirmation that pay is now falling in real terms – the pay squeeze will be one of the defining features…
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Publications

Calculating the Real Living Wage for London and the rest of the UK: 2021

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This report sets out the method through which the Living Wage rates in London and the rest of the UK are calculated by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the…
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