United Kingdom - Low pay research comes with alarming data - October 31, 2017

Low-paid workers are permanently stuck in low-paid jobs, and social mobility will stall without action. This is concluded in the ‘Great Escape?’ report of the Social Mobility Commission, carried out by the Resolution Foundation. It explores trends in low pay over recent decades and examines the factors linked to low pay and progression. Low pay is endemic in the UK and there has been little progress in the number of people managing to escape from poorly paid jobs. Just 1 in 6 low-paid workers (17%) managed to permanently escape from low pay in the last decade. Meanwhile, a quarter of low-paid workers remained permanently stuck in low pay and nearly half (48%) fluctuated in and out of low pay over the course of the last 10 years.

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