Category: Employment, Pay and Pensions

Data journeys in a research career: investigating the effect of immigration on the labour market

Nina Heyden, a US student on a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Essex, won the university’s 2018 Secondary Data Analysis Award for an MSc investigating the effects of immigration on the labour market. Here she discusses her journey of investigation with the data.   In autumn 2014, my Italian class watched news reels of immigrants on […]

Working with a long-term illness – does employment status make a difference?

Across the developed world, a growing share of the population suffers from chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis or heart problems and that affects their ability to work. But how do the self-employed cope with such conditions, when compared with those in employment? Maria Fleischmann and Jenny Head discuss new researchwhich shows these differences in work status can make a major difference.

Has the National Living Wage really benefited low-paid employees?

Agnes Norris Keiller from the Institute for Fiscal Studies examines how the pay and living standards of low-wage employees have changed since the National Living Wage was introduced. She finds that while low-paid employees have seen strong growth in their earnings from employment, improvements in their average living standards have been much more modest. She also highlights that poverty among low-paid employees has fallen because of stronger income growth for those who live in lower-income households.