British employers and the Social Chapter: some survey evidences

David Sapsford, Geraint Johnes, Harvey W. Armstrong, Ronan J. De Kervenoael

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This note reports the results of a survey of firms operating in Britain concerning the impact on their costs and operations of the Social Action Programme. We find that the realised and anticipated adverse impacts of the legislation are rather limited, although both do appear to be greater for firms which are relatively large, skill intensive, and which have a substantial amount of trade with other EU countries. In particular, the survey results provide little evidence to suggest that the imposition of a minimum wage of £3.50 per hour would have a substantial adverse impact on employment. Evidence does, however, suggest that firms which pay relatively low wages are likely to be affected more than others by the legislation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-242
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1997


  • firms
  • Britain
  • impact
  • costs
  • operations
  • Social Action Programme
  • adverse impacts
  • skill intensive
  • trade
  • EU countries
  • minimum wage


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