The Gender Gap: Insecure work in the UK
In an update from the Work Foundation ‘New analysis of UK labour market data reveals that working women are nearly twice as likely (1.8 times) as men to be in severely insecure work – and the situation worsens for mothers, disabled women, and women from Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds.’
This new research builds on the Work Foundation’s UK Insecure Work Index and finds;
- working mothers with young children are 2.7 times more likely than fathers to experience severely insecure work (30.4% compared with 11.2%)
- women from Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds are between 4.8 and 9.3 percentage points more likely than white women to experience severely insecure work (30.3%, 34.7% and 34.8% respectively compared with 25.5% for white women)
- disabled women are 5.2 percentage points more likely than non-disabled women to experience severely insecure work (30.2% compared with 25%
- This new analysis estimates that 26% of working women (3.9 million) are currently in severely insecure work in the UK, compared to 14% of working men. This inequality is reflected at all levels, with even women in the most senior positions twice as likely as men to experience severely insecure work (9.2% compared with 4.5%).
Read the full report HERE