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Stuck on low pay? More chance if a woman, older or working part-time

by on October 22, 2014

According to a report commissioned by CIPD and the John Lewis Partnership, those mostly likely to be stuck in low pay jobs are women, those who are older and those working part time. As outlined here, the report identifies the key factors that determine the likelihood of this outcome.

The low pay trend is something we have seen mentioned in many contexts, most recently yesterday’s Call You and Yours programme which we blogged about. The radio show received accounts of younger workers in their 20s and 30s, some graduates, still only being employed on minimum wage jobs.

This latest report, which was written by Tooley Street Research, defines low pay as those paid at, or up to 20% above, the minimum wage. It points to evidence of a huge increase in the number of people on low pay between the 1990s and 2010s.

In terms of age, they find a strong correlation between age and the chances of being stuck in low pay. Apparently the likelihood of escaping low pay becoming less likely the older you become. A typical person aged 35 is 24 percentage points more likely to escape low pay than a similar person who is 45.


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