United Kingdom - In-work poverty and combining multiple jobs on the rise - November 30, 2018

Although the country currently has record high levels of employment, with over 32m people in work, many workers struggle to meet ends meet as in-work poverty is increasing. An approximate 5 million workers are paid below the Real Living Wage, which is set at a level based on the minimum income standard. New qualitative research reveals that more and more workers are therefore forced to combine multiple jobs. The workers that were interviewed had to take on additional jobs as a result of low wages, limited working hours, under-employment and job insecurity. Additional factors include the proliferation of part-time, zero hour contracts and temporary and casual contracts. The researchers conclude that along with a recommendation for more effective wage regulation, there also needs to be stronger regulation of working time arrangements with guaranteed hours.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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