Latest TUC report says highest job growth is in low-pay sectors

A Trades Union Congress (TUC) report has claimed that the most jobs created, since the recession, are in low-pay industries such as retail, table waiting and residential care. Nearly 80% of the 587,000 net new jobs since June 2010 have been in sectors where the average pay is £7.95 an hour or less. It is believed that this has been largely been down to people taking on these types of lower-paid jobs after being made redundant. Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, said “One of the unreported struggles of recent years has been people being made redundant from middle-income jobs and having to take low-paid, low-skill jobs as it’s the only work available.” “Many people who are forced into low-paid work are not only having to take a massive financial hit, but are having to put their careers on hold,” he added. Jobs in the lower-paid industries were the hardest hit during the 2008-09 recession, however it has since recovered to a record high of 6.4 million jobs. There has also been growth in the highest paid sectors, which weathered the recession far better, and has risen to a record high of 900,000. The medium-paid jobs had negligible overall growth during the period, but some industries still reported considerable change. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with employment solicitors across the country.