What the first COVID-19 lockdown meant for people in insecure, poor-quality work

This report from UK think tank JRF looks at how many workers have been cast adrift by gaps in the Government’s support.

While workers across the country have faced huge financial difficulties over the past year, our analysis shows that people in poor-quality jobs have felt the effects differently. We may be in the same storm, but we are not in the same boat. People struggling to escaping poverty, and people more likely to experience in-work poverty, have been put under even greater pressure during COVID-19 because they are at significantly higher risk of losing their job or having their hours reduced. It is important the Government recognises that financial challenges are heightened for some workers, and makes job quality a priority as we aim to ‘build back’ with a stronger economy.



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