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The UK’s National Minimum Wage was introduced in 1999, and has increased in terms of its generosity and coverage ever since. The introduction of the National Living Wage – a higher legal wage floor for workers aged 25 and over – in April 2016, has rapidly increased our legal wage floor. Our work focuses on the impact of the minimum wage, and how it should evolve in the future.

Contacts

Nye Cominetti

Nye Cominetti

Economic Analyst
E: nye.cominetti@resolutionfoundation.org

Kathleen Henehan

Research and Policy Analyst
T: 0203 372 2980
E: kathleen.henehan@resolutionfoundation.org
Events

The floor’s the limit

Examining the main parties’ plans for a higher minimum wage

An expert panel will discuss RF's new analysis of the two main parties’ plans for the minimum wage, including how they compare with each other, with other countries, and how…
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Comment

The evidence backing a higher minimum wage is growing

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You wait for a minimum wage report and then three come along at once. This morning the Treasury published Arin Dube’s keenly awaited review of minimum wage policy in the…
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A good year for pay?

Five things we learned from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2019

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This morning the ONS published the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) for 2019 – the most detailed data on employee pay available, telling us about high and low…
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A rare political consensus has broken out over a higher minimum wage – but achieving it is far from straightforward

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The politics of the minimum wage don’t exactly fit our lazy stereotypes. Back in the pre-crisis days of supposed consensus, debates raged about whether the policy was right or wrong.…
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Is the minimum wage pushing people into self-employment?

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Two big changes in the labour market over the past two decades have been the rise in self-employment and the introduction and uprating of the minimum wage. Is there a…
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Publications

Earnings Outlook Q2 2019

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In our Earnings Outlook for 2019 Q2 we suggest that the UK’s 12 year long pay squeeze may be about to come to an end, just in time for the…
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Britain can afford an even higher minimum wage – but we need to tread carefully

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Britain has long had a low pay problem. For most of the last two decades around one in five workers has been in low-paid work – earning less than two-thirds…
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