COVID-19 and Working Lives in the UK: Inequalities of Gender and Class

Event Date: Friday 18th June 2021

Join us for the launch of the findings of three new research projects on the impact of Covid-19 on working lives.

About this event

Over the past year, WBG has been working alongside researchers from the Universities of Nottingham and Warwick, using the most robust data available to analyse the impact of the pandemic on working-class women, with an additional project to examine the impact on all women and men in the UK.

We have carried out detailed analyses on topics including keyworking, furloughing, reduced hours, financial security, the division of housework and childcare, home-schooling, flexible working, and the overall effects of the pandemic on workers’ mental wellbeing.

The Women’s Budget Group will also be presenting its findings from its work on public opinion on the government’s response to Covid-19 and the effect of the pandemic on parents across the four nations of the UK.

You can access the findings from the working-class women project below.

Briefing note 1: Employment and Mental Health

Briefing note 2: Housework and Childcare

Briefing note 3: One Year On

You can watch a recording of this event here


Professor Tracey Warren, Nottingham University Business School

Professor Clare Lyonette, IER, Warwick University

Dr Luis Torres, Nottingham University Business School

Dr Sara Reis, Women’s Budget Group


Dr Mara Yerkes, University of Utrecht

Mandu Reid, Women’s Equality Party

Professor Rob McDonald, University of Huddersfield

Nikki Pound, Women’s Officer, Equalities and Strategies Department, TUC

Mary-Ann Stephenson, Women’s Budget Group

Chair: Professor Jennifer Tomlinson, Leeds University Business School