Low Pay Britain 2019

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

This is the ninth annual Resolution Foundation report on low pay. This year we focus on the minimum wage, for two reasons. The first is that it is driving big, welcome changes to our labour market. As the UK’s wage floor celebrates its 20th birthday, recent increases in its level have driven the first sustained … Continued

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Pick up the pace: the slowdown in educational attainment growth and its widespread effects

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

This paper uses the Brexit moment to take stock of where Britain has got to on educational attainment, and where we might be heading. It highlights that while improvements to the country’s human capital stock have been driven by increasingly educated cohorts of young people flowing into the labour market, the pace of growth in … Continued

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Opportunities Knocked? Exploring pay penalties among the UK’s ethnic minorities

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Incomes and Inequality

Over the past two decades ethnic minority groups have made substantial gains in relation to education and employment. The share of ethnic minority men and women with degrees has overtaken that of white men and women. Employment levels have also gone up. Between 1996-97 and 2016-17 the employment rate among black and Pakistani/Bangladeshi men grew … Continued

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Technical Fault: Options for promoting human capital growth

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Jobs, Skills and Pay, Intergenerational Centre

Since its launch in June 2016, the Intergenerational Commission has uncovered a wealth of evidence that raises questions about the extent to which we should expect the steady generation-on-generation living standards progress experienced during the 20th century to continue into the 21st century. The research has shown time and again that today’s young adults are … Continued

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Up to the job? Using the Apprenticeship Levy to tackle the UK’s post-16 education divide

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

Over the past twenty years there has been a significant rise in educational attainment in Britain: while the proportion of young people with low-level qualifications halved between 1996 and 2016, the proportion of those with qualifications at degree level and above more than doubled. Homing in on different types of qualifications, we see that growth … Continued

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