EU Sources - The debate around low-wage jobs - January 01, 2017

An interesting comparison of Eurofound examines the low-wage job debate in six European countries (Germany, Hungary, Norway, Romania, Spain and Sweden), illustrating a variety of objectives, measures, debates and responses. In many countries, the least-educated workers and those with less work experience face the greatest risk of being in low-paid jobs. The comparison refers to an evidence review, funded by the European Commission, which found that workers in low-wage jobs are often young and/or female, have low levels of educational attainment and are more likely to be members of a disadvantaged ethnic minority or immigrant group. Part-time jobs and temporary jobs are also more likely than full-time or permanent jobs to be low paid. While the creation of low-wage jobs could create more jobs, they exacerbate the issue of low pay and in-work poverty. The EC study also looked at the function of statutory minimum wages. Minimum wages create a wage floor and prevent employers from being able to pay very low ‘exploitative’ wages.

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