Working and Poor – EAPN’s position paper on In-Work Poverty.
Poverty is often seen primarily as a problem of low incomes, associated with not being engaged in paid work. In recent years, an increased focus has been placed on employment as being the only route out of poverty. A great deal of attention has been placed on quantity (namely, how many people can be pushed into jobs), while quality of work, comprising key aspects such as living wages, security, and working conditions, among others, has not been made a priority. This has contributed to a sharp increase in the numbers of the so-called “working poor”, or people experiencing in-work poverty. Whilst it is true that the risk of poverty may decrease when an individual is in paid employment, for many people the experience of employment leaves them little better off than being unemployed, or, sometimes, even worse-off. Presently, an estimated 9.5% of the workforce in the European Union, or more than 15 million people, are affected by in-work poverty (Eurostat 2012). The latest comprehensive report from EAPN defines in-work poverty, describes the policy responses, explores the role of the EU and others and sets out a series of recommendations.
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References: European Anti-Poverty Network. November 2013. Retrieved from http://www.povertyalliance.org/userfiles/files/2013-EAPN-in-work-poverty-position-paper-web.pdf