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09:52 Feb 25, 2006
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Bus/Financial - Economics
English term or phrase: Spike
Coverage of the minimum wage
The percentage of employees with earnings at the minimum wage level- known as “spike”- is markedly different between countries. Statutory minimum wages could affect all employees, only private sector employees, or cover only specific occupations. In some countries, employers who are covered by sectoral minimum wages established by the government in accordance with the recommendations of wage councils are excluded from coverage by the statutory minimum.

What is the meaning of "spike" in this context?
Thank you in advance!
Waleed Mohamed
United Arab Emirates
Local time: 10:47

Summary of answers provided
4 +1misleading representation
3pronounced peak/maximum
Robert Roata

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a suggestion

Robert Roata
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pronounced peak/maximum

a sharp, pronounced peak/maximum in the curve/graph describing the distribution of earnings at the minimum wage level

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misleading representation

OK, there isn't a direct translation or specific word that can replace the word 'spike' so I'll explain in a bit more detail.
The 'spike' in question is an anomaly because it's not the usual representation of average wages. For example: - after the minimum wage of £3.60 was introduced into the United Kingdom it created a 'spike' on the graph that represents average salaries because there were suddenly thousands of people receiving this new and specific wage. This is not a normal representation but a spike in the graph, it's therefore a misleading representation.

I hope that helps a little bit,

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Feb 27, 2006 - Changes made by Florence B:
Term asked\"spike\" » Spike

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