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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.

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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
Comment

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 Q1 2019

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In our latest quarterly Earnings Outlook, we focus on two of the biggest changes to the UK labour market over the past two decades – rising self-employment (from 3.4 million…
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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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Events

The end of low pay?

Charting the future of the minimum wage

At the event to mark the launch of Professor Arin Dube’s review we heard from him and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and also presented new research on the future…
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The minimum wage: now the only question is ‘how high?’

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This Monday, the 1st April, 2 million people working minimum-wage jobs will start the week with a pay rise. The National Living Wage (NLW), the rate that applies to 25+…
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Publications

The Resolution Foundation Earnings Outlook Q4 2018

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Our quarterly earnings outlook, for Q4 2018. With the minimum wage now 20 years old, we chart its impact on low pay over two decades. We also look at the…
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