United Kingdom - Workers aren’t necessarily more secure - January 31, 2018
The report, Thriving, Striving, or just about Surviving?, published by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), describes in seven portraits how workers are faring both in terms of their experiences of economic security and the quality of work. Employment may have reached a record high in 2017, but workers aren’t necessarily more secure. Wider economic trends suggest that workers are worse off as real wages fall, income inequality persists and in-work poverty rises. Growth forecasts have been revised down, and productivity remains low. The pay of black and minority ethnic workers and women still lags behind that of their white, male counterparts. Many of the jobs that have been created are atypical in nature, meaning that workers have been shifting from full-time, permanent employment to zero-hour or temporary contracts, or are increasingly taking up self-employment or gig work.
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