Low pay: the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on low-paid and insecure workers

Covid-19 and the low paid

The Institute for Employment Studies - January 2021

This report sets out new quantitative analysis of the impacts on low paid workers using the Labour Force Survey; a summary of findings from forty in-depth interviews with workers in low-income households; and the views and input of a range of people that work with those in low-paid, insecure work. It also makes recommendations for how in future we can improve pay and employment security, raise incomes and living standards and better support the most vulnerable workers during the pandemic and beyond.

The report is the final output from a project exploring the labour market impacts of the crisis on this group. Others in the series focus on low-income families and an analysis of the Labour Force Survey.

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