Social challenges

Wages and learning opportunities are key levers

28/11/2023 GIF

While most people share the view that inequalities are concerning, opinions on solutions differ. The analysis shows that people are most supportive of actions that directly limit market disparities, such as introducing or strengthening the minimum wage (52%), and of policy options focusing on equal opportunities, such as improving equal access to education (46%). Less than 40% of respondents would be willing to support further redistributive measures. In addition, two-thirds of respondents believe that the private sector can play a significant role in reducing income inequality and in improving equal opportunities by paying fair wages to their lowest-paid workers. Moreover, over 40% believe that the private sector should address wage inequalities and create jobs and 30% believe that the private sector should invest in workforce training.

See also: Working hand in hand? Exploring people’s views of the role of different actors in fighting inequality