Improving the labour market for low-paid workersBackResources
13th November 2019
The University of Sussex
All of the underpinning research was either funded by the LPC or conducted with LPC Chief Economist, Tim Butcher.
Research at the University of Sussex, originally commissioned on behalf of the Low Pay Commission (LPC), has informed and influenced LPC reports that advise government on issues relating to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and its impact on employment rates, in particular among vulnerable sectors of the labour market. As a result of this research, the age of eligibility for the NMW was lowered from 22 to 21 years in 2010, leading to 55,000 young British workers benefiting directly from a 20 per cent increase in wages.
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This blog by the Methods for Change team, illustrated by Jack Brougham, asks if we should spend more time talking about the methods we use as researchers. Drawing on a recent paper, we suggest that researchers need to articulate why methods matter in creating change to global challenges. We share three creative techniques that we have experimented with across the Methods for Change project that can encourage playful, reflective conversation about methods and their role in galvanising change.
This ‘How-To’ Guide outlines the Collaborative Zine Making Method used by Professor Sarah Marie Hall from the University of Manchester and developed in collaboration with Inspire Women Oldham. The zine was also created in collaboration with Inspire Women Oldham.
This ‘How-To’ Guide outlines the Oral Histories of Sensory Memories method used by Associate Professor Roisin Higgins from Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland. The poster was created in collaboration with Maddy Vian, Maddy Vian Illustrations.
This ‘How-To’ Guide outlines the Pop-up Stall method used by Dr Robert Meckin and Dr Andrew Balmer from the University of Manchester. The poster was created in collaboration with Maddy Vian, Maddy Vian Illustrations.