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

Warren, Tracey (2015) Work-time underemployment and financial hardship: class inequalities and recession in the UK. Work, Employment and Society, 29 (2). pp. 191-212. ISSN 0950-0170

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Free access to the final published article is here http://wes.sagepub.com/content/29/2/191.abstract
Keywords: class, financial hardship, recession, work-time
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017014559264
Depositing User: Warren, Tracey
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2015 00:05
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2016 11:14
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29385

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