Low Pay and Productivity in Greater Manchester

In 2015-16 New Economy undertook a research programme into Greater Manchester’s low wage labour market. This series of reports presents the findings.

Low pay and productivity in Greater Manchester: main report

Just under a quarter of Greater Manchester’s workforce earns less than a living wage, making low pay a significant economic challenge in the city region. This is the main report of the project and presents New Economy’s analysis of the causes and consequences of low wage work.

Low pay and productivity in Greater Manchester: summary report

A brief summary of the main findings of the low pay research programme.

The economic and fiscal impact of low pay in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is among the city regions with the heaviest dependence on the tax credit system in the UK, reflecting the need to top wages up with state support. The report presents evidence about tax credit trends and analyses strategies for reducing the costs of the tax credit system.

Low pay and progression in Greater Manchester

In line with other research, this report highlights the difficulties of moving out of low wage work. For many, life on low pay is not a short-term stop-gap, but a long-term way of life. The report also analyses the characteristics of those who ‘escape’ low pay and those who are ‘stuck’ in it.

Business models, skills utilisation and high performance working in Greater Manchester

Many firms do not upskill their workforces or use the skills that people currently have. This report analyses the ‘product market strategies’ - business models – of firms to understand how strategic choices about how a business should compete shapes the nature of work.