Robert Joyce
Robert Joyce
Senior Research Economist

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2011
BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st), Oxford, 2008

Robert joined the IFS in 2008 and works in the Direct Tax and Welfare sector. His main research interests relate to income distribution and the design and effects of the tax and benefit system.

Earnings since the recession

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Since the recession of 2008 and 2009, the standout features of the UK labour market have been robust employment and weak earnings. The employment rate of 16- to 64-year-olds is already back to its level as of 2008Q1 (73.0%), which is close to the highest rate recorded since consistent data began in 1971; but average earnings remain well below their pre-crisis level.

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