Economic Security Observatory
Life in contemporary Britain is increasingly blighted by the threat of economic insecurity.
Over the last two decades, in-work poverty has risen steadily. Wages have flatlined and more workers find it difficult to escape prolonged period of low pay. Our 2019 research found that 30 percent of all workers do not feel they earn enough to maintain a decent standard of living.
What we're doing
We're identifying where gaps in support – from the state, communities or employers – contribute to this rising tide of insecurity.
During the Covid-19 pandemic we will be focusing primarily on the economic security of Britain’s key workers – the workers who kept Britain going during lockdown, saving both lives and livelihoods. As we look to build a better future beyond the pandemic it is vital that those who most helped us get through it are properly supported to enjoy secure and fulfilling lives – at work and beyond.
Share your experience
We're particularly keen to listen and learn from the experience of key workers during the pandemic. Share your story.
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Latest thinking on the future of work
During the pandemic, many key workers have experienced impacts on their economic security, mental and physical health, working and home lives. These are just some of their stories.
Tackling economic security is the right political agenda. It’s good for key workers, it’s good for employers, and it’s good for the economy.
This report puts forward a comprehensive agenda to tackle economic insecurity in key workers and ensure they are properly supported to enjoy secure, healthy, fulfilling lives.