A Re-examination of the Impact of the UK National Minimum Wage on Employment

| Publication date: 5 Nov 2012 | Theme: Trade, Investment & Productivity, Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Riley, R | External Author(s): Dickens, R.
A general consensus has emerged that while the UK National Minimum Wage (NMW) raised the pay of low wage workers it did little to harm their employment prospects. This is in contrast to the US and other countries where a debate over minimum wage effects still rages on. We re-examine the evidence on the introduction of the NMW and look at subsequent increases through the recession focusing on several groups in the labour market. We find a reduction in employment retention among part-time female workers, the group which is most affected by the NMW. These effects deepen in the recession.
 
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