The impact of the national minimum wage in the apparel industry

Undy, Roger, Kessler, Ian and Thompson, Marc (2002) The impact of the national minimum wage in the apparel industry. Industrial Relations Journal, 33 (4). pp. 351-364.


This analysis of the NMW’s initial impact in the apparel industry focuses on organisational and institutional factors in explaining the effects on pay and related issues. The NMW had a marked effect on national terms and conditions, in particular raising the minimum earnings level. At the local level, it impacted directly on the pay of a small number of employees in almost half the 42 organisations surveyed in the East Midlands and Northern Ireland. These tended to be the larger employing units facing foreign competition and selling into the domestic market. Also, in some workplaces, the NMW adversely affected the piecework system. The reaction of local management to these changes is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Wages; Industrial relations
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Centre: Faculty of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2012 14:09
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06

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