I did a post for another blog on the latest JRF research report launched today – looking at low pay, ethnic minorities and informal workplace cultures. The blog relates to a major conference on ‘Racial equality, diversity & public policy in the North East’, to be held in November 2013. More information on the conference – and the rest of the blog – can be found by clicking on the link above.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation today published research looking at ‘in-work poverty, ethnicity and workplace cultures’ (Helen Barnard has also written a blog accompanying the report). In contrast to a lot of the stuff you can read about ‘cultures’ in relation to the prevalence and persistence of poverty, the report focuses on ‘informal workplace practices’ that serve to exclude some low paid workers from progressing in work or accessing opportunities to move out of low paid jobs.
Most people familiar with current poverty work in the UK will be aware that low pay and temporary insecure employment are major factors. Even where, in the language of the current government, people ‘do the right thing’ and take a full time job, the wages on offer often does not provide an income sufficient to lift the family or household out of poverty. The report notes that ‘several ethnic groups are known to have a…
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