Employer Perspectives on the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Low-pay, Low-status Employees

Atkinson J, Williams M | Strategy Unit Occasional Paper Series 2 | Cabinet Office | Jun 2003

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Low skill, low status jobs in the UK can constitute a first step on a ladder to rising lifetime earnings, in which experience, tacit skills, contacts and know-how can be acquired and used to promote a pay off later.

However, in practice, they provide little or no basis for substantial advancement through the labour market: the evidence suggests that short-term mobility in the wage distribution is limited, and that individuals who do progress, do not generally progress very far.