Dr Jo McBride is a Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations, Work and Employment at Newcastle University Business school. She has secured funding for research into what her team refer to as “The Forgotten Workers”
Jo’s project is as follows
The team are currently conducting research into the lives of low-paid workers in Yorkshire and the North-East of England. This research is set in the context of growing levels of low-pay and inequality at the regional and national levels.
Whilst there is much focus on low-pay, poverty and social inclusion, there is little research on in-work poverty. Indeed, it is estimated that 1 in 5 workers in the UK are paid less than the living wage. We are keen to speak to those in low-paid multiple forms of employment in Yorkshire and the North-East, who are paid below the living wage (currently £7.85 per hour). Our aim is to uncover the experiences and realities of working lives, and the challenges of attempting to achieve work-life balance.
We are particularly keen to involve organisations and community groups in this timely and relevant research project. Our research findings and recommendations will be widely disseminated to academic and practitioner groups that are involved in attempting to alleviate low-pay and poverty. Through this research we will develop detailed understandings of the experiences of vulnerable low-paid workers, and use this evidence to promote social inclusion and sustainable employment policies and practices.
If you have, or know somebody who has, multiple low paid jobs and would like to speak to Jo and her team please contact us at the e mail or phone number of the Community Support Centre which can be found at “Contact Us” on the home page and we will pass your details on to Jo. Jo has assured us that all testimonies will be reported anonymously and has guaranteed confidentiality for those who take part. There is also a £20 food voucher for anybody who takes part.