New York workers see income soar, but will the world follow?
Employment Issues / In the News

New York workers see income soar, but will the world follow?

The news that fast-food workers in New York State are likely to see their hourly pay rise from a minimum of $8.75 (£5.65) to $15 (£9.69) has sent shock waves though America. But will this unprecedented sector-specific pay increase be followed elsewhere around the world? I have previously considered the impact of the recommendation of the Fast-food Wages … Continue reading

BBC World Business Report: New York’s fast-food workers set for unprecedented pay-rise
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BBC World Business Report: New York’s fast-food workers set for unprecedented pay-rise

A wages board in New York State has recommended raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour by 2018 in New York City and 2021 across the rest of the State. I joined the BBC World Business Report to discuss the impact of the move. Earlier this year, some cities including Seattle, San … Continue reading

IKEA raises pay for workers, but can small businesses afford to follow?
Employment Issues

IKEA raises pay for workers, but can small businesses afford to follow?

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has become the first large national retailer and household name to sign up to the Living Wage as campaigners try to encourage greater buy-in from employers across the country. Different to the national living wage announced by the Chancellor in the Summer Budget, the Living Wage is a campaign run by … Continue reading

Zero hours contracts: a 2015 general election hot potato
Employment Issues / In the News

Zero hours contracts: a 2015 general election hot potato

In the run-up to the UK General Election, last month I wrote a feature for Real Business which is reproduced below.  Following last week’s first TV ‘debate’ which saw both David Cameron and Ed Miliband declare they could not work under zero hours contracts, it is likley that both parties manifestos will address this thorny … Continue reading