On the Edge: Insecure work in the pandemic
The last decade has seen a considerable growth in insecure work contracts - such as zero hours contracts, agency work, and so-called gig economy jobs.
Coronavirus has compounded this trend. While employment in general has fallen during the pandemic, the number of people in insecure work has grown.
Many people in insecure work are key workers delivering vital services and support. But the pandemic has laid bare just how vulnerable these workers are to exploitation and how difficult it is to enforce the rights they have.
It’s more important than ever that insecure workers have a clear route to uphold their rights and proper protections in place as they continue to keep the country running.