Skill: The Solution to Low Wage Work?

17 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2010

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Caroline Lloyd

University of Warwick - ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)

Ken Mayhew

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Abstract

During the UK Labour government's 13 years in power, raising skill levels was seen as the principal mechanism to improve the position of workers stuck in low wage jobs. This article draws together research undertaken in low wage sectors to question the assumptions that underlay Labour's approach to low pay.

Suggested Citation

Lloyd, Caroline and Mayhew, Ken, Skill: The Solution to Low Wage Work?. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 41, Issue 5, pp. 429-445, September 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1673543 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2010.00578.x

Caroline Lloyd (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) ( email )

Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

Ken Mayhew

University of Oxford - Department of Economics ( email )

Manor Road Building
Manor Road
Oxford, OX1 3BJ
United Kingdom

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