Low Pay Britain 2015

This is our fifth annual report on the prevalence of low pay in Britain. It uses the latest data available (2014) to map out the scale of low pay and the groups that are most affected. It shows how this has changed over recent decades and looks at what the coming years might hold, particularly given the introduction of the National Living Wage in 2016.

Even before the financial crisis hit, too many employees in Britain were low paid by the standards of the day and relative to other countries. The downturn has done little to alter that, and pay has fallen behind the cost of living. More than ever, then, there is a pressing need for strong growth – both rebounding from the crisis and beyond – that is shared with those currently on low pay.