Setting the record straight: how record employment has changed the UK

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Clarke, Stephen; Cominetti, Nye
Resolution Foundation
Date of publication
14 January 2019
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This report finds that record employment has been progressive. Rising employment has helped support household incomes over the past seven years, offsetting, and in part representing a response to, a significant loss of earnings power and cuts in state support. Between 2007-08 and 2016-17, people living in households in the bottom half of the income distribution accounted for 62 per cent of the employment increase. The figures are even more progressive if those aged over 50 are excluded, with three-quarters of the net employment increase since 2007-08 occurring in the bottom half of the income distribution.

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