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Monday Blog: We need to talk about wages

Did you know that wages – as measured by real average weekly earnings – have not increased since 2008 in the Republic of Ireland ? Never mind the Great Leap forward in GDP last year or the rapid and very welcome growth in employment (continuing to run at an annualised rate of close to 3%). A release...

Northern Ireland and the Living Wage in 2016

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Last week the 2016 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings for Northern Ireland was released and some interesting results emerged. The largest increase in wages was bottom 10% of employees reflecting a welcome boost from the introduction of the National Living Wage. However, the National Living Wage...

Monday Blog: The 'squeezed middle' ?

The squeezed middle is one of those terms that has entered popular discourse in Ireland as well as abroad. Political and media pundits refer, at ease, to the ‘squeezed middle’ who are said to have borne the brunt of the recent recession or fiscal austerity and have lost out compared to those on...