Research and analysis

Low Pay Commission research 2019

Research commissioned to inform the Low Pay Commission's work and recommendations in 2019.

Documents

The impact of minimum wage upratings on wage growth and the wage distribution

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The NMW/NLW and progression out of minimum wage jobs in the UK

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The impact of the minimum wage on employment and hours

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The impact of the NLW on businesses: retail and hospitality in two English cities

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We are today publishing reports from four research projects commissioned by the Low Pay Commission in 2019. These pieces investigate the effects of the National Living Wage (NLW) on a range of outcomes and areas and helped inform our recommendations to Government.

  • The two reports by Silvia Avram and Susan Harkness consider the impact of the minimum wage on wage growth and the wage distribution, and progression out of minimum wage jobs.

  • The project by the Institute for Employment Studies uses data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and Labour Force Survey (LFS) to look at the NLW’s overall impact on employment and hours.

  • The project by the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Decent Work examines the NLW’s impact on retail and hospitality businesses in Sheffield and Greater Manchester through a survey of and interviews with business owners and managers.

A further report by NIESR, CIPD and Cass Business School, covering the impact of the NLW on businesses, is forthcoming, as is a summary of our 2019 research documents.

In November, we published reports from two other research projects commissioned in 2019, which informed our review of the youth rates of the National Minimum Wage.

Published 18 December 2019