University of Bath

In-work poverty in the UK

In this seminar, Dr Rod Hick from Cardiff University explores movements in and out of working poverty and its relationship with subjective well-being.

26 Mar 20191.15pm
26 Mar 20192.15pm
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Unemployment rates may have fallen to their lowest level in four decades but in-work poverty remains a concern

Unemployment in the UK has fallen to the lowest level in four decades but there are serious concerns about the quality of jobs that have been created in recent years. In the UK, as in other countries in the Global North, there has been significant public concern about the problem of in-work poverty, though public debate lacks clarity about what, exactly, in-work poverty is and how it should be tackled.

This talk will draw on two pieces of research about in-work poverty in the UK. In the first part of the talk, Dr Rod Hick will present findings from joint work with Dr Alba Lanau which was conducted as part of a Nuffield Foundation-funded study of in-work poverty in the UK. Rod will discuss the nature of, and will outline trends in, in-work poverty, and will present data demonstrating how people move in and out of working poverty.

In the second part of the seminar, Rod will present initial findings from a new analysis of the relationship between in-work poverty, precarious forms of work and (subjective) wellbeing, drawing on data from the Understanding Society survey. A key question for this research is how those affected by in-work poverty and precarious work experience this, and what questions this might raise for public policy.