UK: Institute for Fiscal Studies warns impact of lockdown to hit women, young people and low earners hardest

Author: Sarah Butler, The Guardian , Published on: 6 April 2020

“Coronavirus lockdown to hit low-paid, young and women hardest, warms IFS”, 06 April 2020

The low-paid, young people and women are likely to be the hardest hit by the coronavirus shutdown of businesses including restaurants, hotels, pubs, retailers and transport services…

Low earners are seven times as likely as high earners to work in a business sector that has shut down, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies…

Tim Roache, the general secretary of the GMB union, said: “This outbreak has … confirmed the damage done by the proliferation of zero-hours agency work and bogus self-employment during the past decade.”

Workers aged under 25 are about two and a half times as likely to work in a sector forced to suspend trade...

Women were about one-third more likely than men to work in a sector that has been shut down, as they make up the bulk of retail and hospitality workers…

 

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