UK becoming the insecure job capital of Europe, study suggests : Welfare Weekly

TUC study reveals the UK has seen significant growth in insecure forms of employment compared to other EU countries.

A new study from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) reveals that the UK has seen significant growth in insecure forms of employment compared to other EU countries, including bogus self-employment and zero-hours jobs.The report, International Trends in Insecure Work, shows the UK had the largest increase in the number of self-employed workers among EU countries from 2008 to 2015, and the third largest increase in temporary workers.

The study, commissioned by the TUC from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR), warns of relatively weak legal protections and poorer access to benefits for those in bogus self-employment, agency work and on zero-hour contracts.

It attributes the rise to a lack of effective legislation and calls on all political parties to explain in their general election manifestos how they would improve worker’s rights.

TUC says the rapid growth in insecure jobs cannot be explained simply as a result of strong employment growth overall, adding that these forms of employment should not be seen “as a necessary evil to get more people into work”.

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