'Little evidence' minimum wage rise hit jobs

'Little evidence' minimum wage rise hit jobs
Freezing tax bands 'weakens incentives to work'. Pic: Getty

ESRI study on 2016 increase finds that average number of hours worked fell, but attributes this to more part-time workers joining the labour market

Research carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found that an increase in the national minimum wage in 2016 did not lead to higher unemployment among minimum wage workers, although it did find a reduction in the average number of hours worked.

The study was published by the think-tank and funded by the Low Pay Commission. Under legislation, the commission must ensure that...

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