A research project is helping us create pressure for better jobs in Scotland.
In recent decades, the nature of work and people's experience of the job market has changed. Increasingly, large numbers of people have work which is insecure, without regular or predictable hours, and which is paid at levels which do not allow families to live above the poverty line. Some 445,000 workers in Scotland - two thirds of whom are women - are paid less than the living wage, while around half of working age adults who experience poverty live in working households.
In partnership with the University of West of Scotland and with the support of Warwick Institute for Employment Research, this project consulted more than 1500 people, predominantly low paid workers, on what they think is important to make work decent.
Our first findings have shown that there was remarkable consistency in people's priorities and they represent what many would see as quite limited expectations. These should be common practice in 21st century Scotland. But the research also shows that these expectations are much too often not being met. Decent work is something too many people hope to experience, or experience only partially, rather than a reality in their daily lives.
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