How should we tackle low pay and precarious work – a dynamic or damaging force?

Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, is hosting a topical debate on working in the UK. New evidence from the Study sheds light into earnings inequality, low pay progression, self-employment and how neighbourhoods affect low pay.

The event, at Church House in Westminster on Wednesday 8th November from 4pm, will bring together policy makers, employer and skills bodies, trade unions, HR professionals, educationalists, local authorities, pay campaigners and think tanks.

It will promote a cross-sectoral conversation on a major area of Government and public concern – those ‘just about managing’. Delegates will have plenty of opportunity to contribute to the debate and enjoy a reception afterwards. The event will support the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science.

The event will also see the launch of the Insights 2017 report. This annual publication highlights policy relevant findings from research that uses Understanding Society’s rich data and offers commentary from policy thinkers. This year the publication will profile research covering pay and employment, adult mental health and work-life balance.

Outline Programme (provisional)

Please note: Speakers and final details will be added in due course

4.00pm to 4.30pm: Registration and coffee

4.30pm to 4.40pm: Welcome and introduction

4.40pm to 5.05pm: Headline findings from Understanding Society

5.05pm to 6.15pm: Panel discussion: How can we improve low pay and insecure work in the UK?

6.15pm to 7.15pm: Networking and drinks reception

Registration is free and via eventbrite.


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