Pay-Setting Among Employers in Low-Paying Sectors

Through interviews with employers, the project aims to explore pay-setting in low-paying sectors, especially in the context of the pandemic, rises in prices, labour shortages, and Brexit.

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Summary & aims

The research was commissioned by the Low Pay Commission, an independent body that advises the Government about the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates. The research will inform their annual report to the government making recommendations on the future level of the rates.

The research will explore pay-setting among employers in low-paying sectors, including pay levels, factors affecting pay, pay-setting, pay reviews, annual pay rounds, and their use of the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates. It will also explore how this may have been impacted by Covid, rises in prices, staff shortages, and the new UK trading relationship with the EU.

Methodology

The research will be based on semi-structured interviews with 30 employers and a workshop with employers, employer bodies, trade unions and LPC commissioners. We will focus on four sectors: hospitality, retail, agriculture and cleaning.

Principal Investigator

Pay-Setting Among Employers in Low-Paying Sectors
Principal Social Researcher

Co-Investigator

Katharine Stockland
Senior Social Researcher
Ekaterina Aleynikova
Senior Social Researcher
Jasmin Rostron
Associate Social Researcher
Sophie Kitson
Assistant Social Researcher