What We Learned Last Week (10/11 – 16/11)

1) Only 1 in 40 new jobs since recession is full time

Image: Parliament Uk Image: Parliament Uk

While the government have put huge spins on employment figures, claiming it is now below 2m, the growing issue of low pay and in-work poverty is shining light on the fallacy of government success.

“Now, the TUC has revealed that only one in forty new jobs created since the recession is a full-time post. The number of full-time jobs has fallen by 669,000 since 2008 and part-time workers now make up 38% of the workforce. Underemployment – part-time workers who desire a full-time job to maintain a decent standard of living – now stands at 1.3m, double what it was pre-recession.”

Add to this the fact that workfare placements are counted in employment figures, that sanctioning – which has rocketed under the coalition – is lowering the number of people counted as claiming JSA…

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