low pay

Recruitment of workers into low-paid occupations and industries: an evidence review

In December 2019, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) was commissioned to undertake a rapid evidence review focused on the recruitment of workers into low-paid occupations and industries. The purpose of the review was to find out whether people with protected characteristics, that is, ‘protected groups’, experience discrimination in the recruitment process, and the barriers they encounter when seeking to enter the workplace.

Productivity in the UK’s low-wage industries

Concern about the UK’s productivity problem has become widespread. Fixing the UK’s productivity problem requires action for the lagging parts of the economy – low pay sectors such as retail and hospitality, the long tail of low-productivity firms, and the five million individuals in the UK lacking basic functional literacy or numeracy.

This briefing examines the productivity gap between Britain and its competitors. It is published alongside two other pieces of research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation:

An Assessment of the Changing Use of Flexible Employment and Implications for the National Minimum Wage, including Compliance

The purpose of this report is to describe changes over time in the use of flexible employment and to examine the relationship between these changes and the National Minimum Wage (NMW). It also aims to consider how the use of flexible employment has changed during the recent economic downturn and the potential implications of this for the NMW. Finally, it assesses how compliance with the NMW varies with the incidence of flexible employment.