Who's been getting a pay rise?

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Gardiner, Laura
Resolution Foundation
Date of publication
12 March 2015
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This briefing sheds light on a recent debate – which has been a prominent feature of the public narrative on the labour market – concerning the extent to which employees who remain in their jobs from one year to the next have experienced real pay rises. It shows that the majority of employees staying in the same job have in fact experienced real annual pay cuts throughout the downturn, with around half continuing to experience falling pay in 2014. It estimates the typical annual real pay change for all employees staying in their jobs to be around 0 per cent for 2014 (that is, half received pay rises above this level and half had a pay change below it).

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