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Inequality Highlighted as 10% of Workers Get Half of All Pay

  • Just 10% of workers receive almost half of all global pay
  • Increases for top earners associated with losses for others
Commuters walk through Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Commuters walk through Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

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Workers’ share of global income has shrunk “substantially” this century, and the top earners are taking a bigger part of the pie, according to the International Labour Organization.

New research from the ILO shows that low-income earners in advanced economies have been particularly affected, and that just 10% of workers receive nearly half of global pay. The lowest 20% earn less than 1% of total labor income.