Pay progression for low-paid workers: The role of tax and wage regulation

There is a growing sense that work is no longer providing a reliable route to better living standards and social mobility. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that eight million working age adults and their children who live below the poverty line live in a household where someone is in work. A key part of the social contract – that “work should pay” – is being broken.

Not only are many on low pay, but many remain trapped in low paid roles for considerable lengths of time, with just one in six (17%) of low-paid workers in 2006 managing to consistently escape low pay by 2016.

This research report from the Social Market Foundation aims to understand whether and how government can use tax and regulation policy to promote wage progression and career progression among low-paid workers.

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