More people forced to take low-paid jobs

More people forced to take low-paid jobs

More people forced to take low-paid jobs

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MORE people are being forced into volatile, low-paid jobs, threatening the economy's stability, according to a new report by the York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Researchers for the foundation and another organisation, Centre for Cities, found that more than one in five workers is now on low pay, with more employed than unemployed households in poverty.

They said the gap between good and poor quality jobs had polarised, with cities in the North particularly affected; a third of employment in Sunderland and Hull was low paid, while in Grimsby, Blackpool and Doncaster, one in four workers earned less than two-thirds of the median national wage.

The report comes just weeks after it emerged that York has the highest level of jobs growth in low-skilled and low-paid occupations in the country.

The Press reported last month that figures from the Office for National Statistics had revealed that out of all the jobs created in York over the past four years, 51 per cent of them had been 'elementary' occupations. These were defined as being those which require the knowledge and experience necessary to perform mostly routine tasks, often involving the use of simple hand-held tools and, in some cases, requiring a degree of physical effort.

Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Foundation, speaking after the publication of the latest research, said that earlier research for the JRF had demonstrated the striking growth in working families living in poverty.

"Economically weak cities are home to increasing concentrations of poor working households, whilst two-tier economies are emerging in our more successful urban centres," she said.

"Job quality is a burning issue, particularly in low-skill, low-wage sectors such as retail, hospitality and care.

"As more cities start leading on growth strategies they must respond as part of this work to the shifts occurring in the labour market.

"We need new thinking if we are to crack the problems around training, progression at work and job security that seem to keep increasing numbers of people stuck in entry level jobs."

Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities, said low paying jobs had always existed but in many cities, the pathways to upward mobility has been severely eroded, as their jobs markets polarised and the stable jobs of the 'middle' began to slip away.

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1:18pm Thu 4 Sep 14

York2000 says...

Amusing to see Mike Laycock who is clearly a Tory reporting on this. People forced into low paid work is the Tory dream.

The Press insults its readers by pretending to care about isssues like this.
Amusing to see Mike Laycock who is clearly a Tory reporting on this. People forced into low paid work is the Tory dream. The Press insults its readers by pretending to care about isssues like this. York2000
  • Score: -1

2:56pm Thu 4 Sep 14

piaggio1 says...

Take it the so called chief ex IS not on a low paid job..!!! No dint think so...
Take it the so called chief ex IS not on a low paid job..!!! No dint think so... piaggio1
  • Score: 1

3:13pm Thu 4 Sep 14

TheTruthHurts says...

The reports from the JRF are similar to ones that tobacco companies produce saying smoking is good for your health.

The reports are so biased
The reports from the JRF are similar to ones that tobacco companies produce saying smoking is good for your health. The reports are so biased TheTruthHurts
  • Score: -3

4:05pm Thu 4 Sep 14

gwen4me says...

If people took advantage of the free education offered to everybody in this country, they wouldn`t have to do low paid jobs.
If people took advantage of the free education offered to everybody in this country, they wouldn`t have to do low paid jobs. gwen4me
  • Score: -18

4:14pm Thu 4 Sep 14

rking1977 says...

gwen4me wrote:
If people took advantage of the free education offered to everybody in this country, they wouldn`t have to do low paid jobs.
So who would do low-paid jobs? Immigrant workers?
[quote][p][bold]gwen4me[/bold] wrote: If people took advantage of the free education offered to everybody in this country, they wouldn`t have to do low paid jobs.[/p][/quote]So who would do low-paid jobs? Immigrant workers? rking1977
  • Score: 11

6:20pm Thu 4 Sep 14

smudge2 says...

rking1977 wrote:
gwen4me wrote:
If people took advantage of the free education offered to everybody in this country, they wouldn`t have to do low paid jobs.
So who would do low-paid jobs? Immigrant workers?
That's correct as most have low expectations and a low education level. This country was built on immigrant workers over the last 60 years...If you think this is wrong please feel free to tell me different.
[quote][p][bold]rking1977[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gwen4me[/bold] wrote: If people took advantage of the free education offered to everybody in this country, they wouldn`t have to do low paid jobs.[/p][/quote]So who would do low-paid jobs? Immigrant workers?[/p][/quote]That's correct as most have low expectations and a low education level. This country was built on immigrant workers over the last 60 years...If you think this is wrong please feel free to tell me different. smudge2
  • Score: 5

6:21pm Thu 4 Sep 14

smudge2 says...

Chapelfields Magic wrote:
Mass immigration has forced down pay in this country. Why do our leaders persist in allowing people in from overseas? The answer is to deport all the Polish at once and force all the lazy fat people on the dole to go to work.
Chapelfields Magic ...............I presume you are referring to your own estate in Acomb ??... Shame on you !
[quote][p][bold]Chapelfields Magic[/bold] wrote: Mass immigration has forced down pay in this country. Why do our leaders persist in allowing people in from overseas? The answer is to deport all the Polish at once and force all the lazy fat people on the dole to go to work.[/p][/quote]Chapelfields Magic ...............I presume you are referring to your own estate in Acomb ??... Shame on you ! smudge2
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6:40pm Thu 4 Sep 14

nottoooldtocare says...

York2000 wrote:
Amusing to see Mike Laycock who is clearly a Tory reporting on this. People forced into low paid work is the Tory dream.

The Press insults its readers by pretending to care about isssues like this.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, boring, boring, boring. It matter little which party is in power, there is in fact very little to distinguish them from each other. most of the top politicians come for ma relatively good background, went to public school, and attended either Oxford or Cambridge. They are not in touch with the real world or what life is like for the average person.

I don't have any particular political leaning, but I seem to recall the bunch you seem to admire so much came into power with the coffers in a reasonably healthy condition. The like too many people on the street spent money they didn't have trying to impress and buying votes with public sector jobs, 500,000 if I remember correctly.
As is often seen in the House of Commons it is easy to discredit other party's efforts without adding any suggestions as to how things might be improved. So York 2000, you are very good at criticising the present government, what would you do that would solve this particular problem (low pay) without plunging the country further into debt? We are all ears.
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Amusing to see Mike Laycock who is clearly a Tory reporting on this. People forced into low paid work is the Tory dream. The Press insults its readers by pretending to care about isssues like this.[/p][/quote]Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, boring, boring, boring. It matter little which party is in power, there is in fact very little to distinguish them from each other. most of the top politicians come for ma relatively good background, went to public school, and attended either Oxford or Cambridge. They are not in touch with the real world or what life is like for the average person. I don't have any particular political leaning, but I seem to recall the bunch you seem to admire so much came into power with the coffers in a reasonably healthy condition. The like too many people on the street spent money they didn't have trying to impress and buying votes with public sector jobs, 500,000 if I remember correctly. As is often seen in the House of Commons it is easy to discredit other party's efforts without adding any suggestions as to how things might be improved. So York 2000, you are very good at criticising the present government, what would you do that would solve this particular problem (low pay) without plunging the country further into debt? We are all ears. nottoooldtocare
  • Score: -4

6:51pm Thu 4 Sep 14

York2000 says...

Which bunch? I have never expressed any loyalty to a political party. No point going on about the last government, it's as futile as moaning about Thatcher. The present government have been in for nearly 5 years. They are the focus.
Which bunch? I have never expressed any loyalty to a political party. No point going on about the last government, it's as futile as moaning about Thatcher. The present government have been in for nearly 5 years. They are the focus. York2000
  • Score: 5

7:02pm Thu 4 Sep 14

York2000 says...

Oh, and watch this video/check out their website.

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=aOJ93tAb
PP0
Oh, and watch this video/check out their website. https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=aOJ93tAb PP0 York2000
  • Score: 8

1:02am Fri 5 Sep 14

yuppieYork says...

With population growth, and reduced numbers of opportunities paying £12-£20/hr

What impact would a four day week have? What would the long term consequences be?

Would it create 10% more jobs? Would it be a bubble?

Check out this article -

http://www.theguardi
an.com/society/2014/
jul/01/uk-four-day-w
eek-combat-stress-to
p-doctor
With population growth, and reduced numbers of opportunities paying £12-£20/hr What impact would a four day week have? What would the long term consequences be? Would it create 10% more jobs? Would it be a bubble? Check out this article - http://www.theguardi an.com/society/2014/ jul/01/uk-four-day-w eek-combat-stress-to p-doctor yuppieYork
  • Score: 0

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