Social Progress Watch 2015 Country Report | United Kingdom

Despite the seemingly strong performance of its labour market, the quality of jobs in the United Kingdom is quickly decreasing. The rise of part-time work and so-called ‘zero-hours contracts’ are creating inequalities between workers. Notably, young people are especially hard-hit by this trend and its negative effects on job security and a stable long-term outlook. Generally speaking, the government’s austerity measures are negatively affecting disadvantaged groups and communities. Reforms to health and social services and lifelong learning are all driven by a desire to generate cost savings, while plans to ensure the access to, and quality of, these services are unconvincing.