UK Policy Briefings
How has the risk of precarious work in the UK evolved since Covid-19?
Date Posted: Wednesday 28th July 2021
This research aims to understand how Covid-19 has impacted, if at all, on the precarisation of work in the UK. Covid-19 has proven to be not solely a health crisis. Measures adopted by businesses and governments, such as flexible working and the job retention scheme, have shaped the impacts of the pandemic in ways not comparable to previous social and economic crises, while lockdowns and social distancing measures have had an unequal impact on those jobs frequently done by women and men. Tracey Warren, Luis D. Torres and Annegreet Veeken at Nottingham University alongside Women’s Budget Group examine if Covid-19 is narrowing or reinforcing existing inequalities among women and men in their working lives.