The bottom ten million
The bottom ten million research programme focuses on the challenges faced both by those working in low-wage jobs as well as those who are workless.
There are currently some ten million people in Britain earning less than £15,000 a year. For some, low-wage work is temporary, but for others it can be a long-term struggle.
Key themes of the programme include:
Impact of the recession and recovery
- Will the recovery create jobs with different skills demands? What will the geography of changing demand be? What are the policy questions that need to be considered in relation to low earners over the next decade?
The skills dilemma
- Evidence suggests that skills under-utilisation is far more prevalent in low-wage sectors and low-skill occupations. What are the drivers of skills under-utilisation in low-wage sectors? And what can and should be done to address the issue?
Bring people to jobs or jobs to people?
- Should Britain improve its policies to regenerate disadvantaged communities – and if so, how? Or should Britain organise itself so people are able to move to find work – and if so, how should we manage the decline of the places they leave behind?
The right labour market interventions
- What labour market interventions should be carried forward into the recovery?