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Pay rising faster for top 1pc of earners in richest countries

The Guardian from London

Pay is rising much faster for the top 1 per cent  of earners compared with those on average salaries in the richest countries, according to a report calling on governments to do more to tackle “wageless growth” since the financial crisis, reports The Guardian from London.

Despite more people being in work than at any time since the onset of the banking crisis a decade ago, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said wage growth was still “missing in action” across the 35 countries represented by the Paris-based group of wealthy nations.

The OECD said unemployment rates are now below, or close to, pre-crisis levels across its membership base, which should give workers the right conditions to demand higher pay and better conditions.

However, it warned significant pay rises remain rare and the trend growth rate for average hourly wage increases had more than halved to 2.1% from 4.8% before the crash.

Launching its annual employment outlook report for 2018, Stefano Scarpetta, the OECD’s director of employment, labour and social affairs, said the most worrying finding was “this unprecedented wage stagnation is not evenly distributed across workers”.

 “While jobs are finally back, only some fortunate few at the top are also enjoying improvements in earnings and job quality,” he said.

Finding multiple reasons why wage growth appears to be the missing element of the current upswing for the world economy, the OECD said one of the most important factors was the slowdown in productivity growth since the crisis.

It warned the measure of growth in economic output per hour of work had dropped by about half, acting as a drag on wage rises as companies have been unable to generate higher profits with the same resources – required to pay their staff more. The Bank of England has argued wage growth in Britain should gradually begin to rise with the unemployment rate at the lowest level since the mid-1970s. However, there are few signs of wage growth.

Some leading economists have warned the rise of the gig economy, part-time jobs and other precarious forms of work such as zero-hours contracts have eroded the power of employees to demand higher pay.

Millions of jobs were lost during the financial crisis, and the OECD said many of the new roles people have taken in the decade since may not be as good as the ones they had before.

 

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