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Publication of new book: Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World

Publication of new book: Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World

Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World

SKOPE has been involved over the last few years in a large Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) research project investigating the extent and causes of low wage work. Following the publication in 2008 of five country studies (UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark) in April 2010, the RSF have published a comparative volume: Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World edited by Jérôme Gautié and. John Schmitt. Caroline Lloyd from SKOPE at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, Susan James and Ken Mayhew from SKOPE at Oxford University, and SKOPE associate fellow Chris Warhurst at Strathclyde University have all contributed to the edited collection.

In the book low-wage jobs are examined through the use of systematic comparative case studies across five industries: retail sales, hospitals, food processing, hotels, and call centers. The studies show that stronger systems of collective bargaining, more extensive labour-market regulations, higher minimum wages and welfare provisions restrict employers’ ability or incentives to create low wage and low skilled jobs. The case studies also demonstrate the substantial pressures on national employment models, pressures which have contributed to the deterioration of pay and working conditions for many workers across the majority of the countries studied.

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