Trends in unemployment and low pay over time
Neither low unemployment nor the NMW has solved the low pay problem
This is a structural issue - not a result of recession. While unemployment did not rise as much as predicted following the economic crash of 2008, and certainly not to the levels experienced in the 1980s, low pay has remained at a consistent level following a rapid rise in the 1980s.
Low pay, rather than unemployment, looks likely to be the central labour market challenge in coming decades
N.B. National Minimum Wage takes effect in 1999
More information on our 'Low Pay UK' research
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