The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has an ongoing remit to monitor the operation of the National Minimum Wage, and to assess the impact of increases in the level of the minimum wage.
It continuously evaluates the annual increases of the National Minimum Wage on the industries, jobs and groups of workers most affected, and on the labour market more generally. The LPC draws upon a range of evidence in making its assessment, including a number of research projects commissioned specifically to inform its recommendations.
The Low Pay Commission invites tenders for research that the Commission considers to be of particular importance this year. These topics cover a wide range of issues:
The impact of the National Minimum Wage on employment and hours;
An examination of the impact of the National Minimum Wage on earnings, the bite (see para 2.21 page 28 in our 2014 Report) and wage differentials; and
The impact of the National Minimum Wage on weekly take-home pay and household/family income, including the interaction of the NMW with the tax and benefits system.
Further information, how to apply and the application form are available in the tender specification.