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Recession prompted 'unprecedented' fall in wages
« on: June 11, 2013, 10:02:43 PM »
Via the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22860320

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ages have fallen more in real terms during the current economic downturn than ever before, according to a report.

One third of workers who stayed in the same job saw a wage cut or freeze between 2010 and 2011, said the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

"The falls in nominal wages... during this recession are unprecedented," said Claire Crawford from the IFS.

This may explain why unemployment has not been higher, she added.

Economists have puzzled over the fact that, since the recession began in 2008, the UK has seen the longest and deepest loss of output in a century - and yet employment has dropped by much less than in previous recessions.

The conundrum is known as the "productivity puzzle".

"Lone parents and older workers, for example, are not withdrawing from the labour market as they have in previous recessions, which may in part be driven by changes to the welfare system, " the report said.

"This means that workers may be experiencing greater competition for jobs and hence may be more willing to accept lower wages than before."
'Less severe'

The IFS analysis looked at salaries in real terms - which takes the inflation rate into account.

It showed that many UK companies, particularly smaller businesses, have cut wages rather than lay off staff. Larger companies tended to reduce their workforce more but maintain wages.

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