Making progress?


This report from UK think tank the Work Foundation looks at how to increase wage and career progression.

The main focus of the paper is on the progression challenge faced by low-paid workers. These workers are arguably at the sharpest end of labour market change, and have fewer formal resources allocated to their career development. There is also a growing policy interest, particularly in the context of Universal Credit and the increasing devolution of skills funding, in how the issue of weak progression from low-paid work can be addressed.

The paper provides an evidence-based view on identifying the challenges around progression, and presents ideas for how these might be addressed through the work of a range of stakeholders. The paper details different mechanisms of progression –through internal and external labour markets – and develops thinking about the roles of policy and practice in relation to each of these. The focus is on adults rather than youth labour market transitions. It does not cover apprenticeships, which can offer a clear route to progression in specific circumstances, but are only of partial relevance to the broad issue of barriers to progression in the wider labour market.

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