Evidence of low pay in Britain: Quarter of all workers have second job

According to an article by BBC News: Business, to pay off debts or keep up with the everyday cost of living has seen a quarter of Workers 'turning to second jobs'.

The study only covered 1,000 people, however, a further interesting detail suggests more than one in six of those questioned said they worked at least 21 hours a week on top of their regular occupation.

It's ironic that these findings were made public at the same time as the TUC is running their Work your proper hours campaign. In other words, some people clearly don't have the luxury of limiting the hours that they work - the cost of living dictates that for them. What it suggests is that there are salaried workers out there who should be paid for doing extra work and hourly paid workers who should be able to command higher wages.

The reality is unless pay is more regulated in Britain, i.e. jointly regulated between employer and employee, and fixed against clear targets aimed at raising productivity, then it is the workers, rather than employers, who are likely to pick up the strain and feel the strain of low pay and low productivity. Only then can the problems associated with second jobs be more squarely related to irresponsible consumer habits and workers not being active enough in finding better paid and more suitable jobs, etc.

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