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The National Living Wage has put the first structural dent into low pay this century

The number of employees in low pay fell from 5.4 million in 2015 to 5.1 million in 2016—the biggest fall in 40 years

By Conor D'Arcy  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

The difference between the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage

The latest chapter in the British labour market’s Jekyll and Hyde story was published this week. New data on jobs, pay and inflation continued the plot of recent months: an impressively high employment rate twinned with woeful wage growth that’s unable to keep up with prices.

But for one group at least, recent developments have been mostly positive. The National Living Wage (NLW) has meant the pay of the lowest earners has outpaced…

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