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Work-time underemployment and financial hardship: class inequalities and recession in the UK

Warren, Tracey

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Abstract

The economic crisis that led to recession in the UK in 2008–9 impacted in multiple ways on work and economic life. This article examines changes to the work-time of employees. The UK stood out for its recessionary expansion of work-time underemployment. Working in a job that provides ‘too few’ hours can have serious ramifications for the economic livelihood of workers. Working-class workers are central here. Drawing on analysis of large-scale survey data, the article identifies that workers in lower level occupations experienced the most substantial post-recessionary growth in the proportions working ‘too few’ hours. Did these work-time changes narrow or widen class inequalities in feelings of financial hardship? The article concludes that although middle-class workers also saw their financial positions damaged, this so-called ‘first middle-class recession’ did not erode class inequalities in financial hardship among UK workers.

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Warren, T. (2015). Work-time underemployment and financial hardship: class inequalities and recession in the UK. Work, Employment and Society, 29(2), doi:10.1177/0950017014559264

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jul 25, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 25, 2015
Journal Work, Employment and Society
Print ISSN 0950-0170
Electronic ISSN 0950-0170
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017014559264
Keywords class, financial hardship, recession, work-time
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29385
Publisher URL http://wes.sagepub.com/content/29/2/191.abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
Additional Information Free access to the final published article is here
http://wes.sagepub.com/content/29/2/191.abstract

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Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0





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