Exclusionary employment in Britain’s broken labour market

Bailey, N. (2016) Exclusionary employment in Britain’s broken labour market. Critical Social Policy, 36(1), pp. 82-103. (doi: 10.1177/0261018315601800)

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There is growing evidence of the problematic nature of the UK’s ‘flexible labour market’ with rising levels of in-work poverty and insecurity. Yet successive Governments have stressed that paid work is the route to inclusion, focussing attention on the divide between employed and unemployed. Past efforts to measure social exclusion have tended to make the same distinction. The aim of this paper is to apply Levitas et al’s (2007) framework to assess levels of exclusionary employment, i.e. exclusion arising directly from an individual’s labour market situation. Using data from the Poverty and Social Exclusion UK survey, results show that one in three adults in paid work is in poverty, or in insecure or poor quality employment. One third of this group have not seen any progression in their labour market situation in the last five years. The policy focus needs to shift from ‘Broken Britain’ to Britain’s broken labour market.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bailey, Professor Nick
Authors: Bailey, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Critical Social Policy
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-703X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Author
First Published:First published in Critical Social Policy
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
504041Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom: the 2010 SurveyNick BaileyEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/G035784/1SPS - URBAN STUDIES