Lowest paid workers are bearing the brunt of rising dole queues
TUC analysis published today ahead of the latest official unemployment figures on Wednesday, show that the lowest paid workers are bearing the brunt of the rising dole queues. According to the analysis those working in the lowest paid job groups have made up nearly half of the rise in dole queues since 2008.
Sales and elementary service and admin jobs are responsible for 41% of the claimant count rise since 2008, even though they represent less than 20% of the workforce. The two job categories have the lowest pay rates of all occupations at just £6.55 an hour.
The number of dole claimants who have previously worked in sales jobs has almost trebled since the start of the recession in April 2008 to reach 324,625 in August 2011 (the most recent available figures). The number of sales vacancies has also fallen by six per cent over the same period.
Elementary service and admin occupations – such as labourers, bar and catering staff and cleaners – have had the second sharpest rise in claimant count unemployment, almost doubling from 86,250 in April 2008 to reach 168,015 in August 2011.
More than one in ten women work in sales and customer service roles where they outnumber men by two to one, so any further losses in this sector will particular hit women’s job prospects in the private sector, at the same time as public sector job losses are disproportionately hitting women.
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