• The factory workers are demanding higher wages.
• There are high numbers of people on low wages.
• They were earning good wages. • Wages are good compared to other occupations.
a decent wage
(= one that is reasonable and allows you to buy what you need )
• Jobs in the factories used to pay a decent wage, but those jobs are gone now.
the hourly/daily/monthly etc wage
• The average daily wage was £100.
the minimum wage
(= the lowest amount of money that an employer can legally pay to a worker )
• a rise in the minimum wage
the basic wage
(= what someone earns before overtime pay, tips, or bonuses are added )
• The basic wage paid at the factory is the lowest in the auto industry, but with bonuses, the total compensation is the highest.
(= a calculation of how much your wages will buy, usually compared to how much you were able to buy in the past )
• Average real wages rose by 26% between 1919 and 1929.
wage + NOUN
a wage increase/rise
• The rail workers demanded a 20% wage increase.
a wage reduction/cut
• Those who kept their jobs had to take large wage cuts.
• Wage levels remained low during the 1930s.
earn a wage
• Both parents were earning a wage, yet money was still tight.
pay a wage
• Some firms still paid lower wages to female workers.
• He was able to raise the wages of some key staff.
noun (alsowages) ADJ. decent, fair, good, high | inadequate, low, meagre, small He busked to supplement his meagre wages. | annual, hourly, regular, etc. | gross, pre-tax | after-tax, net | money | real If money wages remain constant and price levels rise, real wages fall. | basic, standard a basic wage of £100 a week plus tips | living workers fighting for a living wage | minimum | average VERB + WAGE pay | earn She earns a good wage at the factory. | live on How can you live on such a low wage? | increase, keep up, push up, raise Full employment pushed up wages. | cut, force down, hold down, keep down | supplement WAGE + VERB increase, rise | decrease, fall WAGE + NOUN earner | labour, workers | claim The union submitted a wage claim for a 9% rise. | bargaining, negotiations | agreement, settlement | cut, reduction | controls, freeze, restraint The government promised greater tax cuts in return for continued wage restraints. | explosion, increase, inflation, rise | bill, costs | structure, system | differentials wage differentials between large and small firms | packet He got his first wage packet at fourteen years old. PHRASES a cut/fall in wages, growth in wages, an increase/a rise in wages
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