UK workers are stressed, overworked and struggling to make ends meet


‘Labour Market Realities 2019: Insecurity, Stress & Brexit’, a new report from the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) highlights some worrying facts about the state of British workers.

In its latest workers confidence survey, CLASS found that over a third of workers are struggling to keep up with the basic cost of living. This increases to almost half for those living in London.

The report also found that nearly 60 per cent of workers find their job stressful and nearly half have noted an increase in their workload over the past 12 months. The report goes on to highlight that on a daily basis, a quarter of workers are working more hours than they wish to just to complete basic tasks, and one fifth admit to cancelling plans in order to do so.

According to the report’s findings, workers do not expect their situation to get better any time soon. In fact, only 3 in 10 workers are expecting an above inflation pay rise on 2019. In other words, two-thirds expect to get poorer over the coming year.

Dr Faiza Shaheen, Director, CLASS, states in the report that as Brexit continues to dominate the headlines, worsening living conditions across society are being left unchecked. She goes on to say: “There can no longer be any doubt - the UK’s labour market is broken. It is time we go back to basics. Work should pay enough to allow people to live with dignity. Workers should be treated as humans not robots.”


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