Tags: Low pay

New report reveals types of people most likely to be trapped in low pay

Women in low-paid employment are on average 47% more likely than similar men to be still in low pay after ten years*, according to new research published today by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, in association with John Lewis Partnership. The Pay progression: understanding the barriers for the lowest paid…

An insecure jobs market traps people in poverty, says Julia Unwin of JRF

Our reporter Odira Ndulue interviewed Julia Unwin of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. You recently said many employers have abandoned their responsibilities to their staff and presided over the creation of the most insecure employment model in the developed world, what do you mean by that? Employers have a responsibility to their staff. Where they can…

Will the recovery benefit everyone? TUC thinks not

Whose growth?’ will be the defining political question in 2014 says TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady in her new year message as new polling commissioned by the TUC shows that only one in 50 voters say they are already benefiting from the recovery – and only one in five say they expect to in the new year.…

Extent of low pay in the public sector is twice as high as previously thought

New research from nef reveals the full extent of public sector’s low pay problem. The calculations reveal that: Public services employ one million low wage workers: this number is double previous estimates which did not account for workers in outsourced services. Local authorities directly employ roughly the same proportion of low wage workers as the private sector: 1 in 4 local…

80% of new jobs created pay less than £8 per hour

Record levels of under-employment and the longest real wage squeeze in over a century have left job quality close to a 20-year low, despite the recent rise in employment, according to the TUC’s job quality index published today (Wednesday). The TUC job quality index, published ahead of the latest employment figures later this morning, tracks…

Ethnic minorities face multiple problems in getting promoted

New research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that promotion possibilities for low paid workers are generally limited, and that ethnic minorities especially face multiple problems in getting promoted. Their difficulties include unequal access to opportunities for development; unclear information about training opportunities; and stereotyping. This is resulting in persistent in-work poverty, and a…

Business Secretary announces measures on low pay and zero hours

The Business Secretary Vince Cable announced a package of measures to inject more fairness into the workforce and in wages for British workers. Following an initial review over the summer, Dr Cable announced today that he will launch a consultation on zero-hours contracts (ZHC) in order to tackle any abuses Government finds, particularly those involving…

Long hours and low wages don’t stop homeless people moving into work, new research shows

The hostel and benefits systems can make it difficult for homeless people to move into employment despite a strong motivation to do so, early research findings have shown. The research team at Broadway Homelessness and Support has been following 50 people making the difficult move from homelessness into work. The research showed many of them…

Government’s flagship employment programme gets off to a promising start, but low employer awareness is hindering progress

More than a year after the introduction of the government’s ambitious Work Programme, the CIPD warns today that it needs to build on the scheme’s early progress by increasing awareness and understanding of the scheme amongst employers. In a survey of more than 1,000 employers, drawn from all three main sectors of the economy, the…

Low paid workers may get auto-enrolled

Low and irregularly paid workers may become “accidentally” caught up in auto-enrolment provisions, warns Helm Godfrey. Employers could face unexpected additional administration and contribution costs for low-paid employees who they may have previously discounted under the pension rules. The requirement for earnings is measured in pay periods. If an individual undertook overtime during a week’s…

Declining middle market jobs lead workers to seek low wage alternatives

A rapid decline in mid-wage jobs is forcing many people to compete for low-wage work, risking waning social mobility as workers often get stuck on low salaries, according to a report published by The Work Foundation. Mid-wage workers who were once employed in, for example, office administration or factory assembly roles, are being left with…