15th March 2017
Nearly half of jobs (47%) created in the North West in the last six years have been "insecure".
That’s according to the TUC which outlines the danger around employment for workers without a safety net and benefits.
These can include jobs on zero hours contracts and low-paid self employed positions.
The analysis shows that between 2011 and 2016 employment in the region grew by 197,503. And that 93,517 of these were in insecure jobs – work without guaranteed hours or baseline employment rights.
The TUC estimates that there are now 339,608 people now work in insecure jobs in the region – up from 246,091 in 2011. That represents 1 in 10 workers in the North West.
The study, commissioned by the TUC from the Learning and Work Institute, defines insecure work as seasonal, casual, temporary or agency work, those on zero-hours contracts and low-paid self-employed workers.
The TUC claim these types of contracts can see wages fluctuate without warning, often will not include sick-pay and are at the mercy of bosses who can withdraw hours at any time.
TUC Regional Secretary for the North West Lynn Collins said: “Insecure working in the North West has shot up in recent years.
“People need jobs they can live on. But if you don’t how much work you will have from one day to the next, making ends meet can be nightmare.
“Too many bosses in our region are getting away with shady employment practices. That’s why we are asking people who feel vulnerable at work to share their stories confidentially with us.
“We need to keep the pressure up on government to improve protections for working people. Every day unions expose bad working conditions and win important victories for workers across the country.”
Meanwhile unemployment figures have been released today (Wednesday).
There are now 173,000 people out of work in the North-West which is a drop of 17,000 in the three months to January 2017.