Response to call for evidence on Work, Wages and Wellbeing in the Scottish Labour Market

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Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Date of publication
21 August 2015
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report responds to a request for evidence on the impact of low pay and precarious working conditions in Scotland and especially Glasgow. The authors note the disproportionate effects of these on the health of lone parents and those with little control over their conditions of work. They consider the psychological and economic damage caused by unpredictable working patterns. They comment on the reasons for this and the basic characteristics of a `good' job. They define the requirements for improvements in this situation and include recommendations drawn from studies in other European countries. They provide details of schemes including the Citizens' Income experiment in Utrecht and reduced working week in Gothenburg, Sweden. They also emphasize the role of skills development within education in tackling these problems at an early stage. 

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