United Kingdom - Series on the increasingly precarious world of work - November 30, 2016
In the first of an ongoing series, The new world of work, on the increasingly precarious world of work, the Guardian uncovers the use of ‘contrived’ financial arrangements to slash national insurance bills. An analysis of official figures reveals that more than one in five workers, some 7.1 million people, could lose their jobs at short or no notice. Half of the biggest group – the self-employed – are in low pay and take home less than two-thirds of the median earnings. Two million self-employed people earn below £8 per hour. Another contribution reveals how university teaching, is dominated by zero-hours contracts, temp agencies and other forms of precarious work. Lecturers are increasingly on non-permanent or hourly paid contracts. Another contribution shows that the number of care workers on zero-hours contracts has jumped to one in seven.
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