New Statesman piece on the London Minimum Wage

In the week that Labour’s London Mayoral hopeful Tessa Jowell came out in favour of a London Minimum Wage here’s a link to a piece I published on The Staggers blog that gives more detail on how having a different rate for London is not only needed to be in line with the government’s original intention for the minimum wage but is also OK for low paid workers in the rest of the country.

Wealth of our nation – new research

Jointly with Ashwin Kumar I’ve today published a Smith Institute discussion paper that explores the new Wealth and Assets data to see how the wealth distribution alters across UK households over time. It shows the inextricable link between housing and overall wealth distribution, the importance of dealing with consumer indebtedness and highlights how many people who receive inheritances do so at exactly the time when they need it the least.

It includes a typology of wealth that was one of the highest-read FT blogs and there was a news comment in the Daily Telegraph as well.

Pay progression – new insights on barriers faced by the lowest paid

Our company, Tooley Street Research, has today published an innovative new piece of data analysis and qualitative research exploring the characteristics of people who find it hard over time to progress beyond 20 per cent above the minimum wage. We were commissioned by CiPD and John Lewis Partnership and the report is available here on the CiPD website: Pay progression: Understanding the barriers for the lowest paid.

It was also referenced in a piece in yesterday’s FT (Public sector cuts worsen low-pay trap 21st October 2014)

Key results are the vulnerability of part-time workers, and in particular those with children of pre-school age. In practice this means that women who are on low wages working part-time are much more likely to be “stuck” there.