British underemployment exposed

Fresh EU figures have this week backed up what we’ve been saying all along about the shameful levels of underemployment  in the UK and the Government’s failure to create decent jobs:

  • The UK comes 23rd out of 28 EU countries for its record on underemployment.
  • Underemployment in the UK is 31% higher than the EU average.
  • 820,000 UK employees report being underemployed.

New TUC analysis also reveals that the average hourly wage for a worker on fewer than 20 hours a week is £8.40 an hour, compared to £13.20 an hour for all employees.

“These figures show what a bad time British people are having at work compared with their European neighbours, said TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady. “We have a fragile recovery built on pumped-up house prices, instead of the strong foundation of good quality jobs with decent hours and wages. …leaving too many families struggling to get by on scraps of work.”

Stats from Labour Force Survey 2014, EurostatTUC research