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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
Comment

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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Comment

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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Events

Gaining from growth

When the economy grows, do wages?

While GDP is rarely discussed in the pub, the feedthrough from economic growth to higher wages is central to boosting family living standards. And while both pay and wider economic…
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Workertech and low pay

An overview of research on low-paid workers in the UK

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This paper summarises Resolution Foundation research on low-paid workers and their experiences of work and the labour market. These are the workers that we are trying to reach with Resolution…
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Publications

Labour Market Outlook Q2 2021

Q2 2021

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As Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease and more sectors begin to reopen, there are positive signs of recovery in the labour market. The number of payrolled employees has begun to…
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