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Low Pay Britain 2022 - Low pay and insecurity in the UK labour market

25 May 2022

Summary

The low hourly and low weekly paid are similarly concentrated in the bottom 30 per cent of the income distribution: 4-in-10 low paid workers – on both low hourly and low weekly pay – are in the bottom 30 per cent of the working age income distribution. [...] We document long-term changes in the incidence of low pay, in the characteristics of low paid workers, in the types of work low paid workers do and the types of insecurity they face. [...] economy2030.resolutionfoundation.org The Economy 2030 Inquiry | Low Pay Britain 2022 18 Section 2 Changes in the incidence of low pay The proportion of employees in low hourly pay (defined as below two-thirds of the median) has been falling fast since the introduction of the National Living Wage, and in 2021 stood at 13 per cent – the lowest level since the mid-1970s. [...] This was despite economy2030.resolutionfoundation.org The Economy 2030 Inquiry | Low Pay Britain 2022 19 the introduction and steady uprating of the minimum wage which had an impact on the wages of the lowest paid, but not enough to push additional workers above the low pay threshold (which in the headline measure is an hourly rate of pay equal to two-thirds of the median). [...] economy2030.resolutionfoundation.org The Economy 2030 Inquiry | Low Pay Britain 2022 33 Section 3 The incidence of low pay across different groups of workers The proportion of employees in low hourly pay (defined as below two-thirds of the median) has been falling fast since the introduction of the National Living Wage, and in 2021 stood at 13 per cent, the lowest level since the mid-1970s.

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