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Thursday, 29th October 2015

Low Pay Britain 2015

Source: Resolution Foundation (UK)

From Executive Summary:

This is our fifth annual report on the prevalence of low pay in Britain. It uses the latest data available (2014) to map out the scale of low pay and the groups that are most affected. It shows how this has changed over recent decades and looks at what the coming years might hold, particularly given the introduction of the National Living Wage in 2016.

The downturn of recent years has been characterised as one of relatively robust employment performance alongside greatly squeezed pay. Adjusting for inflation, pay fell for more than five years in a row across the earnings distri- bution. Today, employment is at record highs by some measures and real wages have begun to grow quickly, aided by low inflation. But average pay is still considerably below its pre-crisis peak and it will be some time before that is surpassed. Even then, there will have been a lost decade of pay growth.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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