The Future UK Labour Market

Programme Manager - Poverty Team
Research Administrator
01904 615946

What are the links between jobs, skills and poverty?

The face of poverty in the UK is changing, and families in which at least one adult works have become the largest group in poverty. Tax and benefit policy changes alone will not reduce poverty unless the bottom end of the labour market is addressed.

Britain has a larger proportion of low-paid, low-skilled jobs than most developed countries, and the number is likely to increase. People in these jobs are more likely to face insecure contracts, and less likely to receive training.

This programme – the first phases of which were in partnership with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills – explores the links between skills, job progression and poverty, and ways to help specific groups of workers and jobseekers, such as parents and young people.

We hope our research can help develop strategies and policies that provide sustainable solutions to worklessness and in-work poverty.

How can economic growth in cities benefit people in poverty? Find out here.


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