An international review of skills, jobs and poverty: summary

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Paull, Gillian; Patel, Tara
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
27 June 2012
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Education and Skills, Employment
Social welfare
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Recent UK policy has focused on employment to reduce poverty but success in the labour market is heavily dependent on individual skill. Those with lower levels of education and training are least likely to be able to obtain work, remain in a job, or command sufficient earnings to raise their income above the poverty threshold. The links between skills, employment and household income need to be better understood and this study highlights international lessons for the UK on how poverty relates to labour market and educational differences.

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