Low Pay, Higher Pay, Earnings Mobility and Job Satisfaction in Britain
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Public policy concern about the position of the low paid worker has grown in the United Kingdom as earnings inequality has risen to unprecedentedly high levels and this has been reflected in the introduction of minimum wage legislation with a statutory minimum set initially at £3.60 per hour for adults in April 1999, raised to £4.10 per hour in October 2001, and further increased to £4.20 per hour in October 2002.1 Within the European Union there has also been concern about low pay and an attempt to link this with the perceived low quality of work, with one report suggesting that ‘policies towards low-wage jobs should centre on their quality at least as importantly as on the level of pay which they provide’.2 Part-time work in particular has been the subject of attention because of its relatively low pay, poorer conditions and limited career prospects, but similar arguments apply to temporary employment and fixed term contracts.
KeywordsHourly Wage Union Membership British Household Panel Survey Fixed Term Contract Earning Mobility
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