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The squeezed middleThe pressure on ordinary workers in America and Britain$
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Sophia Parker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308942

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308942.001.0001

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New evidence and new directions for promoting labour market advancement for low and modest earners

New evidence and new directions for promoting labour market advancement for low and modest earners

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(p.75) 2.3 New evidence and new directions for promoting labour market advancement for low and modest earners
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The squeezed middle
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James A. Riccio

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308942.003.0006

This chapter presents the latest evidence from the Employment Retention Allowance (ERA) pilots which were undertaken in the UK between 2003 and 2006 and were based on earlier US trials. The findings presented in the chapter show the scale of the challenge associated with a skills-led approach to increasing wages. Training can make a difference - but only if courses have clear market value and only if the new skills developed enable workers to access real job opportunities in their local areas.

Keywords:   Skills, Wages, Training, Jobs, Employment Retention Allowance

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