Irregular Payments: assessing the breadth and depth of month to month earnings volatility

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Tomlinson, Daniel
Resolution Foundation
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15 October 2018
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment
Social welfare
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This ground-breaking piece of research addresses the question of earnings volatility, unearthing some striking findings about the lived experience of work, and the pay we receive for it, in the UK today. Up until now, an understanding of volatility in earnings over time has been limited to changes in pay from year to year. Reviewing and updating this evidence, this research reveals that annual earnings volatility has been broadly flat since the 1990s. But changes in annual earnings from one year to the next can only tell us so much about the experience of fluctuating pay.

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