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.

Not much evidence for Piketty thesis in Britain?

The Office of National Statistics today published its long-awaited third data point on the distribution of wealth amongst households in Britain, covering the period from 2010-12. This is the third data point since 2006, enabling us for the first time to explore whether the Piketty thesis – that wealth must tend to concentrate at the top – is valid. What today’s data shows is that the wealth distribution in Britain hasn’t become more unequal in recent years (although it was pretty unequal to start with) and within that there are some encouraging trends, for example in the distribution of pension assets across the population. Here’s a piece published today on the Guardian’s comment is free.