IDR | 01 Apr 2015

Wage inequality in the UK | Academic citation

This report was has been written by Melanie Simms, Professor of Work and Employment and Benjamin Hopkins, Lecturer in Work and Employment at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. The report studies wage inequalities in the UK with a particular interest in how collective bargaining processes and the views of social partners (unions and employers) influence outcomes.

This report is part of a larger, European Commission funded project (VP/2014/004) which examines these issues in five countries; the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Slovakia. The first section presents data showing growing wage inequality over recent decades, and then examines wage distributions at sectoral level and identifying varying patterns of wage inequality between sectors.