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The low-paid worker and the low-paying employer: characterisations using WERS98

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Low pay is concentrated in lower-skilled occupations. But the factors that affect pay levels in these occupations are different from those that affect the pay of the higher skilled. The paper used the 1998 Workplace Employee Relations Survey to examine the determinants of pay in lower-skilled jobs. It finds a wide range of employer and workplace characteristics that depress pay levels in these jobs. In only a small minority of them does trade union bargaining attenuate these effects. Human capital and individual characteristics are less important than features of the job and employer.

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  • John Forth, 2001. "The low-paid worker and the low-paying employer: characterisations using WERS98," National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers 179, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:nsr:niesrd:179
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    1. Karen Mumford & Peter N Smith, "undated". "The Gender Earnings Gap in Britain," Discussion Papers 04/05, Department of Economics, University of York.
    2. Dirk Willem Te Velde, 2002. "Foreign Ownership and Wages in British Establishments," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 33(1), pages 101-108.
    3. Geir B. Asheim, 2003. "Green national accounting for welfare and sustainability:A Taxonomy Of Assumptions And Results," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 50(2), pages 113-130, May.
    4. Karen Mumford & Peter N. Smith, 2007. "The Gender Earnings Gap In Britain: Including The Workplace," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 75(6), pages 653-672, December.
    5. Caroline Lloyd & Susan James, 2008. "Too much pressure? Retailer power and occupational health and safety in the food processing industry," Work, Employment & Society, British Sociological Association, vol. 22(4), pages 713-730, December.

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