Women and the low-paid are more affected by low-quality work
Work-life balance, health and wellbeing, job security and the rising cost of living are key concerns for workers across various sectors. Around one in four workers say that their work negatively affects their mental health (and a similar proportion say the same about their physical health). The pandemic has had a particular impact on work–life balance for women. Low earners are more likely to have too few options to quit despite wanting to, but also feel that they are more likely to lose their jobs than other workers (in part because they have weaker bargaining power as employees).
The pandemic has highlighted gaps in sick pay for insecure workers
The statutory sick pay system is failing insecure workers, who are almost 10 times more likely than other workers to say that they receive no sick pay. Two in three insecure workers say they receive nothing at all when they are unable to work due to sickness. They are compelled to keep working while sick, so as to keep paying the bills, by an inadequate set of employment protections.