21/03/2014 - Is the "jobs boost" all it seems?

jobsecurityConDem Ministers are boasting of a UK "jobs boost", But are they telling the whole story? Figures revealed recently show direct employment has actually fallen.

Rising numbers of self-employed people saw overall unemployment fall by 63,000 in the last quarter of 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

But that jobs boost was matched by a 60,000 decline in the number of people in direct employment.

Self-employed jobs have disadvantages says Patrick Harrington, the General Secretary of the Solidarity Union:

“There is little security in these jobs and pay can be a big problem, especially for women. Recent figures showed a 42 per cent gender pay gap among self-employed workers, with most women earning less than £10,000.”

“Many of the jobs being created are self-employed or part-time. There is an underlying move to  casualised low-paid workforce.”

The north-east of England and Yorkshire and Humber still top the unemployment figures with 9.5 per cent and 8.7 per cent of residents out of work respectively.

Pat Harrington, of Solidarity, also drew attention to the 912,000 young people unemployed and the growing numbers of people locked out of work for over two years. He said: “It seems as if the ConDem government is happy to create an underclass without the structure and security that employment brings.”

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