Good Work for All: Security and structure

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More than 1 in 5 UK workers face precarious employment conditions that mean they could lose their work suddenly. While insecure and unpredictable contracts suit some workers, 12% of all part-time UK workers want more hours and 28% of those on temporary contracts would prefer a permanent contract but have been unable to find permanent work.

When work is insecure, unpredictable and isolating, employees are likely to be less engaged. They may be working multiple jobs or looking for alternative employment. Flexible work is good work when it considers the structure and content of roles and ensures flexibility goes both ways, benefitting both the individual and the business.  

Improving the structure and content of low-paid roles can increase productivity and job satisfaction, as well as better meet changing business needs. 

Find out how retailer Hobbs has worked with the Living Wage Foundation to tackle underemployment and increase functional flexibility for employees >>


Take Action

  • Move workers from temporary, zero hours and minimum hour contracts
  • Make flexibility mutual by involving workers in decisions
  • Provide as much advance warning of shifts as possible
  • Review job design to increase variety and autonomy
  • Consider job design and shift patterns when agreeing on new contracts 

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Good Work For All

Key Contact

Jessica Rose
Campaign Manager



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