The minimum required?: minimum wages and the self-employed

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D'Arcy, Conor


The minimum wage revolutionised the lower end of the UK's labour market, protecting employees from exploitation. But the self-employed - now one in seven of the workforce - are not entitled to the minimum wage. With growing concerns over their earnings and conditions, particularly in the so-called gig economy, extending the minimum wage to some of this group has been discussed. While a minimum wage would not be appropriate for the majority of the self-employed, for those who take work from firms or platforms and – crucially – don't have control over the price they charge, moves to reduce...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Income; Finance; Policy

Keywords: Wage rate; Wage structure; Wage; Minimum wage; Self employed; Self employment; Policy formation

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: Resolution Foundation, 2017

Physical description: 13 p.

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Resource type: Paper

Call number: TD/TNC 129.562

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