wages have not increased for years but nor is income decreasing the way it was.
Tomorrow, their labor pool will hugely expand, with resultant downward pressure on wages.
Moreover, such a change would still take into account firm size as well as wages, easing the burden on the smallest firms.
The ability of people to move from job to job has been hampered—as has the upward effect of such job changes on their wages.
The Review warned its readers that the Irish were taking jobs away from American workers and undercutting American wages.
This so pleased Noel that he advanced my wages to a dollar and a half a week.
So I am to report my discharge to you, and ask you for my wages.
If Jemima goes at her month, as she threatens, will she not forfeit her wages?
The next spring he hired me regular and give me wages every month.
To be two or three days behind with his wages, for instance, was impossible.
c.1300, "a payment for services rendered," also in Middle English "a pledge of security" (mid-14c.), from Old North French wage (Old French guage) "pledge," from Frankish *wadja- (cf. Old English wedd, Gothic wadi "pledge"); see wed. Modern French cognate gages (plural) means "wages of a domestic," one of a plethora of French words for different classes, e.g. traitement (university professor), paye, salaire (workman), solde (soldier), récompense, prix. The Old English word was lean, related to loan and representing the usual Germanic form (cf. Gothic laun, Dutch loon, German lohn).
early 14c., "to pledge, deposit as a pledge," from Old North French wagier (Old French gagier), from wage (see wage (n.)). Meaning "to carry on" (of war, etc.) is attested from mid-15c., probably from earlier sense of "to offer as a gage of battle" (early 15c.). Related: Waged; waging.
Payment for services to a worker, usually remuneration on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis.
Rate of (mention only in Matt. 20:2); to be punctually paid (Lev. 19:13; Deut. 24:14, 15); judgements threatened against the withholding of (Jer. 22:13; Mal. 3:5; comp. James 5:4); paid in money (Matt. 20:1-14); to Jacob in kind (Gen. 29:15, 20; 30:28; 31:7, 8, 41).